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Our Bible: The Most Critical Issue

The Holy Bible

 

Our Bible: The Most Critical Issue

by J. Sidlow Baxter
 

Christianity is based on a book. It centres in a Person. It expresses itself in a message. It authenticates itself in an experience.

That basic book is the Bible. That central Person is Jesus.

That expressive message is the Gospel. That authenticating experience is the new birth.

Think here about that basic book. Christianity stands or falls with the Bible. It is no use saying, as the liberalists or modernists do, that so long as we have Jesus we do not need an infallibly inspired Bible.

Nay, all that we know authentically about the Lord Jesus we owe, and shall keep on owing, to the Bible. To say that so long as we have Jesus we do not need the Bible is about equal to saying that so long as we have the sunshine we don't need the sun.

The Early History of PWMI

100 years
(The following is taken from "The Midnight Cry"
- 50 years of prophetic witness
- published by PWMI in 1967)
 

 

Historical Origins

 

In the parable of the ten virgins, our Lord declared that at midnight a cry came, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet him” (Matt. 25: 6). Prior to that awaken­ing shout, all the bridesmaids had slumbered and slept, oblivious to their responsibilities on that nuptial night. For centuries it seemed that the church, like the ten virgins, was comparatively without thought of her heavenly Bridegroom or hope of His Second Advent. Indeed, it was not until the nineteenth century that there was much attention given to this subject. In the last 150 years, however, there has been a deepening interest in eschatology and an increasing belief in the imminence of our Lord’s return. This revival of interest and expectancy (never, of course, completely absent), more­over, received a very great impetus fifty years ago.

Early in 1915 proposals were submitted to the British Government that Palestine should be converted into a dom­inion for occupation by the scattered nation of Jews, but although the recommendation was sympathetically received, no action was taken. Consequently, in the following year, the Zionist organisation put forward a “programme for a new administration of Palestine and for a Jewish resettlement of Palestine in accordance with the aspirations of the Zionist Movement”. This too was shelved. But the matter was brought to a head by other developments.

Left Behind or Led Astray - Exposed

Left Behind or Led Astray? - Exposed

A new DVD documentary has just been released by Good Fight Ministries entitled, "Left Behind or Led Astray? Examining the Origins of the Secret Pre—Tribulation Rapture." Good Fight Ministries is run by post—tribulationist Joe Schimmel, the senior pastor at Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California. Schimmel’s ministry is endorsed by evangelist Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, star of the original "Left Behind" movies. The following write—up appears on the back cover: "Take a fascinating journey with us as we examine the shocking origins of the secret, pre—tribulation rapture doctrine... Featuring expert commentary from David M. Bennett, Dr. Mark Patterson, Jacob Prasch, Joel Richardson, and Dave MacPherson."

The truth of the matter is that the 4 1/2 hour film seriously distorts the historical evidence and is full of false accusations, unsubstantiated myths, and lies.

JFK's Question - And Yours?


FIVE DAYS before he became the president of the United States, John F. Kennedy asked evangelist Billy Graham to have lunch and play golf with him. After the game they were driving back to the Kennedy home when the president—elect stopped the car, turned to Billy and said, ‘I want to ask you something. Do you believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?‘ The evangelist replied, 'I most certainly do.‘ Kennedy then asked, ‘Well, does my church believe it?‘ (he was a Roman Catholic). ‘They have it in their creeds,‘ answered Billy. 'They don't preach it,‘ said Kennedy. 'They don't tell us much about it. I'd like to know what you think.‘ And so Billy Graham explained what the Bible said about this great prophetic event. (Sources include: Billy Graham, "Just As I Am" p.395).

Q1. Will there be a General Resurrection?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q1. Will there be a General Resurrection?
 

I have received many questions on the subject of the resurrection of the dead and matters related to it, such as, where will the dead remain until the resurrection?

The subject is a broad one and not always clearly understood without a concentrated study of the issues.

Let me begin by saying that the idea of a general resurrection, followed by a general judgement, often espoused by amillennialists, is a fallacy. Scripture clearly teaches that there will be a number of judgements, just as there will be a number of phases in the raising of the dead. On the matter of a general judgement this teaching is based mainly on two scriptures:

"Marvel not at this for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5 v 28-29).

Q2. Who Are The 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelation?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.

Q2. Who Are The 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelation?
Will they be Jehovah's Witnesses?
 

The people mentioned in the question will most certainly be Jehovah's Witnesses in the truest sense of the words. But let me emphasise that they bear no relation whatsoever to the followers of the Watchtower Tract Society who meet in Kingdom Halls.

The J.W.s or Millennial Dawnists, as they are sometimes called, are a spurious and heretical cult who deny many of the foundational truths of scripture. By contrast, the 144,000 will be true men of God who will give faithful witness to Jehovah Himself. To understand who these people are and exactly what there function will be we need to consider three things.

Firstly, we must look at their chronological appearance; secondly, their genealogical background; and thirdly their eschatological role. All of this can be gleaned from the two short passages in which they are mentioned - Revelation 7 v. 1-8 and 14 v. 1-5.

Q3. Does the parable of the Ten Virgins support the idea of a Partial Rapture?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q3. Does the parable of the Ten Virgins support the idea of a Partial Rapture?
 

The partial rapture theory is not a widely held one but it is gaining some popularity; especially among some extreme charismatic groupings.

The parable of the virgins is just one of a number of scriptures used by proponents of this theory in support of their particular belief.

Partial Rapturists will seize hold of particular verses and use them as proof texts. Such verses centre on the idea of 'watchfulness' and 'readiness' - sentiments held, of course, by all believers of the imminent return of the Lord.

Q4. When the Jews rejected Christ, did this end God's purposes for them as a nation?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q4. When the Jews rejected Christ, did this end God's purposes for them as a nation?
 

No! No! No! and a thousand times No! God has not terminated His relationship with His ancient people Israel. This fact cannot be overstated, especially in these days when so-called "Replacement Theology" is gaining popularity; asserting that the church has taken the place of Israel in God's plan and purposes.

The question posed above, however, is not a new one, nor is it merely a reaction to the falsehood stated. The same question obviously existed in peoples minds in the New Testament days. The great apostle Paul, the theologian of the New Testament, poses this question rhetorically in his treatise on Israel in Romans 9-11. He says, "Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which He foreknew" (Romans 11 :1-2a).

Paul is most emphatic about God's relationship to His people Israel and is convinced that the sovereign and eternal purposes cannot in any way be altered by the whimsical attitudes, or even the downright rebellion, of the people themselves.

Q5. Will there be a return to the sacrificial system during the Millennium?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q5. Will there be a return to the sacrificial system during the Millennium?
 

THIS question is one that I have been asked frequently and is probably one of the oldest objections used by our amillennialist friends to try and discredit our position. It does, however, deserve consideration and some explanation. To the first part of the question we can very quickly answer, 'Yes'. There are plenty of scriptures which point to the return of sacrifices in the millennial period. It would be good to examine some of these now:

Isaiah 56 vv.6-8 says,'... their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on mine altar...'

Jeremiah 33 vv.15-18, '.... neither shall the priests and the burnt offerings and to kindle meat offerings and to sacrifice continually'.

Ezekiel 20 v.40, 'For in mine holy mount, in the mountain of the height of Israel saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the Land, serve me, there will I accept them,and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations with all your holy things'.

Zechariah 14 vv.16-21, 'And it shall come to pass that everyone that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year toworship the king, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the feast of the tabernacles... Yea every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of Hosts; and all that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and see the therein; and in that day shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of Hosts'.

Q6. A preacher once spoke about the church being a parenthesis, what did he mean?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q6. A preacher once spoke about the Church being a parenthesis, what did he mean?
 

THE word parenthesis is not specifically a theological term; strictly speaking it refers to a bracketed phrase or word in a sentence. It is more loosely used in chronological terms to describe a period between two points of time. It is used in this connection by those holding to a pre-millennial futurist interpretation of prophecy.

The preacher who used the word to describe the church was undoubtedly endeavouring to show the church's position in the chronological prophetic timescale, particularly in relation to God's plan and purpose for the Jewish nation.

The parenthetical idea of the church is best understood and most closely associated with the prophecy of seventy weeks in Daniel. To understand its meaning we must look at the prophecy in closer detail.

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