Holiness

Written by Stephen Kingery


A subject which seem to have been all but forgotten in America today is Holiness. As a matter of fact, in some circles it has almost taken on a negative connotation. I'm sure you have heardrepparttar phrase "holier than thou" used before to speak of someone. Perhaps that person was really trying to have holiness in his/her life. But because ofrepparttar 140690 negative thoughts and attitudes of others, it was perceived as an undesirable trait rather than an admirable one.

What is holiness? Is it something that we as Christians should strive for, or is it something that a humble person would not want to be considered?

Inrepparttar 140691 scriptures, when something was referred to as "holy" it was set apart forrepparttar 140692 service of God. These things were dedicated and used exclusively for God's glory. For example,repparttar 140693 temple was holy because it wasrepparttar 140694 place which was set apart exclusively forrepparttar 140695 worship of God. We read ofrepparttar 140696 beauty of Solomon's Temple and we can seerepparttar 140697 devotion whichrepparttar 140698 nation of Israel had (at that time) forrepparttar 140699 temple as a holy place.

"Then he said to them, 'This is whatrepparttar 140700 LORD has said: "Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath torepparttar 140701 LORD. . ."'" (Exodus 16:23) There were days or seasons which were also holy. The Sabbath was a holy day because it was set apart as a memorial of God's creation. God had createdrepparttar 140702 universe in six days, and rested onrepparttar 140703 seventh. He therefore established that seventh day asrepparttar 140704 Sabbath and a day of rest forrepparttar 140705 nation of Israel as well as a day to remember that God was our Creator.

"And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation..." (Exodus 19:6) The priests which conductedrepparttar 140706 various functions inrepparttar 140707 temple and tabernacle were also set apart forrepparttar 140708 service ofrepparttar 140709 Lord. They were holy.

"And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty." (Exodus 28:2) Objects were holy. Garments, anointing oil and other objects used inrepparttar 140710 temple were set apart forrepparttar 140711 service of worshipingrepparttar 140712 Lord.

The nation of Israel was also holy. It wasrepparttar 140713 nation of Israel which God had determined would berepparttar 140714 nation through which He would bring His Son intorepparttar 140715 world as our savior.

So, is it then possible for us as Christians to be holy? Can we be set apart to glorify God? Let's see whatrepparttar 140716 Bible has to say about Christians and being holy.

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, byrepparttar 140717 mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1) We are certainly expected to be a holy people. Paul admonishes us to do those things which will make us acceptable to God as being set apart for His service. We are to live our lives as "a living sacrifice" or in other words to conduct ourselves in such a manner that we could be considered a living sacrifice. When we consider that we are to make our bodies a living sacrifice to God we understand that our physical being is to be dedicated to live a life which will bring glory and honor to god. This means rejecting all those things which do not bring glory to God: obscene, vulgar, immoral and profane behavior as examples.

"If anyone defilesrepparttar 140718 temple of God, God will destroy him. Forrepparttar 140719 temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (1 Corinthians 3:17) "Or do you not know that your body isrepparttar 140720 temple ofrepparttar 140721 Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?" (1 Corinthians 6:19) We see hererepparttar 140722 command from God to keep our bodies as a holy temple of God for indeedrepparttar 140723 Holy Spirit indwells each Christian. This is further evidence that we are to consider our bodies as holy or set apart forrepparttar 140724 service of and glory to God. As a matter of fact, we as individual Christians are a part ofrepparttar 140725 church which is also described inrepparttar 140726 Bible asrepparttar 140727 dwelling place of God. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

We have seen inrepparttar 140728 previous paragraph that we are to keep our bodies as a holy temple to God, but what about our actions? Can and should they also be holy? "Therefore, asrepparttar 140729 elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which isrepparttar 140730 bond of perfection." (Colossians 3:12-14) We can, indeed we must, have conduct which is holy if we are to truly serve God. How can we be a Christian and not have those qualities which this Scripture talks about? Tender mercies, kindness, meekness, patience and love is what a Christian has in their lives. You simply cannot be a Christian and not have these qualities. You can claim to be a Christian, go to church, say allrepparttar 140731 right things, do allrepparttar 140732 right things, go to allrepparttar 140733 right places; but without truly having these qualities manifested in your life, you are not a Christian.

The Rapture

Written by Michael Bradley


Here isrepparttar 50 million dollar question - will there be a Rapture of Godís saints beforerepparttar 140648 Tribulation, or will all of Godís people living at that time have to go throughrepparttar 140649 Tribulation and possibly be martyred for their faith?

Iím going to go ahead and give yourepparttar 140650 main Scripture verses dealing withrepparttar 140651 possibility of a Rapture. There is divided opinion inrepparttar 140652 Body of Christ as to whether or not there is going to be a rapture.

Each one of you will have to come to your own conclusion on this subject per your own interpretation ofrepparttar 140653 Scripture verses listed below. Iíll give you my two cents onrepparttar 140654 subject. Iíll point out key words and key phrases inrepparttar 140655 following verses.

As you will see inrepparttar 140656 following verses, I feel there is very strong evidence from Scripture that there will be a Rapture, and that it will occur beforerepparttar 140657 Antichrist startsrepparttar 140658 persecution of Godís saints, and before God starts to pour out His wrath uponrepparttar 140659 earth duringrepparttar 140660 7 year Tribulation. In other words, it will be a pre-tribulation Rapture.

1. This first verse is very interesting. You already know that one ofrepparttar 140661 names ofrepparttar 140662 Antichrist isrepparttar 140663 "Lawless One" perrepparttar 140664 Scripture verse I gave you in my first article. This verse is definitely talking aboutrepparttar 140665 Antichrist. Here isrepparttar 140666 verse:

"And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in our time. Forrepparttar 140667 mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out ofrepparttar 140668 way. And thenrepparttar 140669 lawless one will be revealed, whomrepparttar 140670 Lord will consume withrepparttar 140671 breath of His mouth and destroy withrepparttar 140672 brightness of His coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8)
You knowrepparttar 140673 lawless one is referring torepparttar 140674 Antichrist because thenrepparttar 140675 verse says Jesus will destroy him when He comes back forrepparttar 140676 second time. But look very closely atrepparttar 140677 phrase "only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out ofrepparttar 140678 way. And thenrepparttar 140679 Lawless One will be revealed." The "H" inrepparttar 140680 word "He" is a capital H. That means "He" is either referring to God, Jesus orrepparttar 140681 Holy Spirit.

Since God and Jesus are in heaven right now,repparttar 140682 "He" has to be referring torepparttar 140683 Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has always been referred to asrepparttar 140684 One who restrains evil from getting out of control on this earth. It says thatrepparttar 140685 Antichrist cannot be revealed until He is taken out ofrepparttar 140686 way. Since we know thatrepparttar 140687 Holy Spirit still has to be down here even if there is a Rapture, who is "He" referring to?

If there is a Rapture, there still will be a multitude of people that are going to get saved and then martyred. If they are saved, then they are sealed withrepparttar 140688 Holy Spirit, which meansrepparttar 140689 Holy Spirit is living onrepparttar 140690 inside of them like He is with us.I believerepparttar 140691 "He" may be referring torepparttar 140692 "Holy Spirit operating throughrepparttar 140693 Church." That means thatrepparttar 140694 Body of Christ -repparttar 140695 Church will be what is taken out beforerepparttar 140696 Antichrist can be revealed.

Think about this. The Antichrist is going to be very easy to spot once he starts to enter intorepparttar 140697 world scene. Allrepparttar 140698 Scripture verses I gave you onrepparttar 140699 Antichrist and 7 year Tribulation spell out exactly what is going to occur, and there will be more than enough astute Christians who are going to be able to pick up who he is when all of these events start to occur.With some ofrepparttar 140700 powerful TV ministries that we have in place such asrepparttar 140701 Pat Robertson 700 Club, I am sure thatrepparttar 140702 Body of Christ will be shouting fromrepparttar 140703 rooftops oncerepparttar 140704 Antichrist is spotted. The word will be spread and it will become very hard forrepparttar 140705 Antichrist to rise torepparttar 140706 kind of power thatrepparttar 140707 Bible is foretelling.

I believe thatrepparttar 140708 Church has to be taken out, asrepparttar 140709 above verse is stating, beforerepparttar 140710 Antichrist can be revealed torepparttar 140711 rest ofrepparttar 140712 world. Andrepparttar 140713 above verse states exactly that - thatrepparttar 140714 Antichrist will not be revealed until "He," who is restraining him, is taken out ofrepparttar 140715 way!!!

Oncerepparttar 140716 Body of Believers are Raptured off ofrepparttar 140717 earth, there will nothing that will be able to stoprepparttar 140718 Antichristís rise to power. The rest ofrepparttar 140719 world is going to be easily duped in believing in this man - especially with all ofrepparttar 140720 "false signs and wonders" that will be performed byrepparttar 140721 False Prophet on his behalf.

I believerepparttar 140722 above verse alone is very strong Scriptural evidence that there will be a Rapture of Godís saints beforerepparttar 140723 Antichrist rises to full power.

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