THINGS TO COME

This is a multi-part series.  On this page you will find links to all audio files in the series as well as the outlines for the entire series. Scroll down for complete outlines.

 


 

Things To Come: Part 1 – 12-27-15 Sunday Morning
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Things To Come: Part 2 – 01-03-16 Sunday Morning
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Things To Come: Part 3 – 01-10-16 Sunday Morning
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Things To Come: Part 4 – 01-17-16 Sunday Morning
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Things To Come: Part 5 – 01-24-16 Sunday Morning
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Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

 

Revelation 11:17 Saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT TELLS US OF THINGS TO COME.

John 16:13 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.

 

1. A NEW GENERATION WHERE A FEW ARE FAITHFUL.

THE LAST DAYS YOUTH. HOPE FOR A FEW. PARENTS WHO ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT PAYING BILLS THAN THEY ARE RAISING CHILDREN TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS.

2 Timothy 3:1-2 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

WHERE DOES THIS COME FROM ? IT COMES FROM PARENTS WHO DIDN’T TEACH THEIR KIDS. THEY FED THEM, TOOK THEM TO DOCTORS, KEPT THEM ALIVE, BUT DIDN’T INSIST THAT THE CHILDREN LEARN SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES.

GENERATIONS TO COME ARE LOST WHEN PARENTS DO NOT PASS DOWN GOD’S LAWS TO THEIR CHILDREN. THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO AMERICAN CHRISTIANS. PARENTS ARE TOO BUSY. TOO BUSY ON THEIR CELL PHONES AND COMPUTERS TO TAKE TIME TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN.

Psalm 78:5-8 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE OF A PARENT IS TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO KNOW GOD AND DETERMINE WHAT GOD’S WILL FOR THEIR LIVES.

BUT, PARENTS CAN RAISE THEIR CHILDREN IN A BIBLICAL WAY THAT INVOKES THE PROMISES OF GOD. THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL.  DISCIPLINE. EFFECTIVE, LOVING, CONSISTENT, AND JUST.
EDUCATION. AT HOME. SHOW THEM THE DANGERS OF THE REAL WORLD.  REVEAL THEIR TRUE ENEMIES. BASE THEIR LEARNING UPON THE WISDOM OF GOD.  FRIENDS. NOT OF THIS WORLD.
FUTURE. SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD.

2. WHO WILL RULE IN THE WORLD TO COME ?

OBVIOUSLY, JESUS WILL BE THE HIGHEST RULER OVER ALL.

Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

NOT THE ANGELS.

Hebrews 2:5 For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

–WE SHALL JUDGE THE ANGELS.

1 Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

WE SHALL RULE ON EARTH.

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

HOW CAN WE PREPARE ? IMPORTANT TASKS AHEAD. WE NEED GOOD JUDGMENT AND DISCERNMENT. NEED TO GET OUR PRIORITIES RIGHT, AND SEE GOOD AND EVIL FOR WHAT EACH ONE REALLY IS.

–ASK FOR IT.

James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

–LEARN WHAT GOD SAYS THROUGH HIS WORD AND GODLY TEACHING.

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

GOD WILL RAISE UP GODLY PRIESTS IN THE MILLENIUM THAT WILL TEACH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

3. THERE ARE VICTORIES UP AHEAD.

FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS CAN WIN OVER THE WORLD. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES. WE CAN BE ON FIRE FOR GOD !

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

–WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY AND POWER TO DO IT.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

–THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO BE LUKEWARM. THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO PLAY LIKE YOU LOVE THE LORD WHEN YOU LOVE OTHER THINGS MORE. GOD’S POWER HAS NOT CHANGED.

–SOME PEOPLE WONDER HOW CHRISTIANS WHO WERE ONCE EXCITED ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE TO THE LORD COULD BECOME LUKEWARM. THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE. IF YOU TAKE A HOT CUP OF COFFEE AND LEAVE IT IN THE AIR, JUST LETTING IT SIT THERE, IT WON’T TAKE LONG BEFORE IT BECOMES LUKEWARM. TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE JUST SITTING THERE, MAKING ONE EXCUSE AFTER ANOTHER AS TO WHY THEY CAN’T BE DOING SOMETHING FOR THE LORD.

–HOW DOES A PERSON WHO IS LUKEWARM GET ON FIRE ? GET CLOSER TO THE FIRE. LOOK TO JESUS. SEE WHAT HE SEES, AND PREPARE YOURSELF TO BE IMMERSED IN A BAPTISM OF FIRE THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR WAYS.

Revelation 1:14 His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire;

Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass;

Revelation 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He himself.

–THERE IS A NEW NATURE THAT MAKES US BE CHRIST-LIKE.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

***YOU CAN TAKE A CAT AND PUT HIM IN THE MIDST OF A HERD OF PIGS, AND IT WON’T MAKE HIM A PIG. HE I STILL A CAT. YOU CAN TAKE THAT SAME CAT AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH MANY CANARIES, AND HE WILL STILL BE A CAT. SURROUNDINGS, AND WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND HIM DOES NOT MAKE THE TRULY BORN AGAIN CHRIST LIKE WHAT IS AROUND THEM. THEY HAVE BEEN BORN-AGAIN, AND ARE NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST !

–IF YOU LOVE YOUR FAMILY, YOU WILL PUT GOD FIRST, BECAUSE THEN YOU HAVE THE POWER TO LOVE YOUR FAMILY RIGHT AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR THEIR GUIDANCE.

THE VICTORIES BELONG TO A FEW. YOU CAN BE ONE OF THEM !
THERE ARE ALOT FEWER TRUE BELIEVERS THAN THERE WERE YEARS AGO. THAT GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO NOT ONLY FILL THEIR SHOES BUT TO RUN TO GREATER HEIGHTS. MANY OF GOD’S PEOPLE WILL DIE, AS A BLESSING TO THEM.

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

–TRIBULATIONS.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

–FAITHFULNESS TO GOD GIVES US VICTORY OVER TRIBULATIONS. THE WORLD CANNOT TAKE OUR JOY OF FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM, OR OUR POWER.

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

YOU CAN’T BUILD A SOLID HOUSE WITHOUT A GOOD FOUNDATION. ***Treehouses. Nice, big, modern. But, as the tree grows, the house tears apart.
SOME TRUE BELIEVERS WILL DEAL WITH SERIOUS PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY LEAVE THIS EARTH. AND THEY NEED A STRENGTH THAT ONLY COMES FROM GOD. IF IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM, WE COLLAPSE, AND WHINE LIKE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD WHO HAVE NO POWER, WE MISREPRESENT THE LORD. WE ALSO WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF A BAD TESTIMONY BEFORE CHRIST.

1 Timothy 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

THERE IS THE ANGER OF GOD WAITING FOR SOME.

Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

THE CHURCH NOW WAS ONCE THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE. GOD PROMISED HIS CHILDREN A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS SPIRIT. ***(WE CAN COUNT ON THE PROPHECIES OF GOD TO BE TRUE).
HE WOULD DWELL INSIDE THEM.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

HE WOULD DWELL WITH THEM FOREVER.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

A DAY OF JUDGMENT.

FOR THE CHRISTIAN. A DAY OF SHAME AND SORROW.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

4. A SALVATION TO COME.

NEW LIFE BEGINNING NOW. “HATH” ETERNAL LIFE.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

FORGIVENESS AND GOD’S LOVE.

Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

A PLACE WITH THE LORD.

1 Thessalonians 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.

 

“Things To Come”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
December 2015 – January 2016

FATHERS . . .

FATHERS…

WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING YOUR KIDS ?

GOOD FATHERS TEACH GOOD THINGS !


It’s true that being a father is a huge (and sometimes heavy) responsibility, but one that can be handled successfully with the Lord’s help. So Dads, sit down and “take a load off” as you review the following helpful hints, based on Scripture, that can help you become the father that the Lord wants you to be !

Unfortunately, many people focus on unimportant things. They never speak to their kids about life and death issues, and spiritual things.

When was the last time you spoke to your kids about spiritual issues ?

It is also unfortunate that many families use the dinner table as a “dumping ground” for all the complaints they couldn’t get off their chest earlier in the day. Many times if you listen to the conversations going on at tables around you in a restaurant you will find that the majority of them are negative.

When was the last time you spoke about the blessings of the Lord at the dinner table ?

Sometimes fathers lament that they didn’t have good examples for what a good father ought to be. Wives should pay special attention to this, because they can remind their husbands or sons to follow Scriptural principles. Most importantly, that they need to learn from Jesus (whether they had a good father or not) how to teach. Learning from the best Father in the universe will save all involved from many heartaches down the road.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

When judging our child-rearing, we must look to God as our standard, because what the world says is right, many times is in opposition of what God says is right. His standards are always true and righteous !

The world sets standards in many different ways. Take for example the following story about a rabbi who visited a young man’s house one day. The man invited the rabbi out to his barn to observe his shooting skills. The young man showed the rabbi numerous bulls eyes in which it appeared he had shot an arrow into the very center. The rabbi was amazed, “How did you learn to shoot so well?, he exclaimed. The young man grinned and replied, “It’s easy, anyone can do it ! First – shoot the arrows onto plain white paper, and then paint the circles around the arrow….”

As you can see, what appears to be “hitting the mark” isn’t always so. So how can you know that you are doing a good job at being a father, or in other words “hitting the mark” ?

Well, each person has to come before God and check themselves by His standards, but following you will find some solid Biblical principles that will surely help you along the way !

1. MAKE YOUR TIME COUNT WITH YOUR CHILDREN.
*TEACH THEM !
Most parents have a limited time with their children today. God didn’t ordain your wife – the school – or the church – to do all the teaching ! He left a great deal of it up to you.

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deut. 6:7

2. TEACH THEM BY EXAMPLE. (YOU WILL WHETHER YOU WANT TO OR NOT !)
For example, when you teach your children a principle to live by, be sure that you are heeding that same principle as well !

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them to thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; Deut. 4:9

**IF you want your kids to be complainers that can’t come up with solutions but spend most of their time complaining, then let them see only that part of you. If you always come home complaining – that is teaching them to do the same thing. ***IF YOU ARE A COMPLAINER… would you like to know why ? Chances are, your father always was, too. Don’t keep passing this sin down to all generations. Stop it now !

3. TEACH BY SITUATIONS. THIS IS THE MOST COMMON WAY THAT JESUS TAUGHT.
A. By experiences.

And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. Matt. 14:22

B. By personal involvement. (i.e. the loaves and the fishes)

And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes. Matt. 14:19

4. TEACH THEM BY LEADING THEM IN THE RIGHT WAYS.
Jesus placed before the disciples a correct view of the highest priorities. Make sure your kids understand what is really important. Always put the emphasis and priority on spiritual things. (After all, those are the only things that will last forever !)

And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matt. 4:19

5. TEACH THEM BY YOUR AUTHORITY.
You have the right to demand certain things of your children.
A. You have authority in the home. But – don’t misuse it !
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Eph. 6:4

Don’t deal with children at a time of anger, when you want to be satisfied rather than teach them something.

B. You have authority over your children that is God-given. (No matter what the government says.) GOD even tells the kids about your authority.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Eph. 6:1

THE PERFECT FATHER IS OUR GOD. YOU MAY HAVE KNOWN FATHERS WHO LET YOU DOWN, DISAPPOINTED YOU, DIDN’T FORGIVE YOU WHEN YOU DID WRONG, EVEN WHEN YOU ASKED. YOU WILL NOT FIND SUCH IN GOD.

He loves you so much He sent Jesus to die for you and He loves your children that much, too ! Why not let Him have full control of your family today… that you might reap the rewards that a Godly family is promised – peace and joy eternally ! It can’t be found without Jesus !