Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lesson 15 - Revelation Unseals Daniel's Prophecy

"And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. " Daniel 8:14.

1. To what time did the 2300-day prophecy point?
Daniel 8:17. ___________________________________

"Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the
time appointed the end shall be." Daniel 8:19.

2. How long was the book of Daniel to be closed up?
Daniel 12:9 ___________________________________

3. Revelation pictures a mighty angel with what in his hand?
Revelation 10:1,2 ________________________________

Revelation 10 makes unmistakable reference to the book of Daniel:

Daniel 12:5-7. "Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half : and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished."

Revelation 10:5-7. "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that livith for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein , that there should be time no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."

4. The mystery would soon be finished as God had declared to whom?
Revelation 10:7 _____________________________________

5. Where were the angel's feet?
Revelation 10:2 _____________________________________

"And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters he called the Seas."
Genesis 1:10

6. In Bible prophecy, what do waters symbolize?
Revelation 17:15 ___________________________________

"Upon the sea and upon the earth." Revelation 10:5. The book of Daniel was to be opened in an area occupied by many nations, and also in a sparsely-populated land.
In 1800 Daniel was a closed book. In 1812 the study of prophecy began in England. It soon took hold throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Soon more than a hundred writers from a wide variety of denominations were interpreting Bible prophecy. Loosed by the hand of the prophetic clock, scores of men, representing over a dozen nations on four different continents, independently and simultaneously began predicting the fulfillment of the 2300-day prophecy.

In the united States, the most noted expositor of Daniel 8:14 was a Baptist, William Miller. He and 43 ministers of 13 denominations unleashed perhaps the greatest prophetic awakening in American history. By a through study of the 2300-day prophecy, they discovered that the 2300-days would expire on October 22, 1844.

7. When the book of Daniel was still in their mouths, what would it be like?
Revelation 10:8-10 _____________________________________

"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart." Jeremiah 15:16

"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Psalm 119:103.

8. But after it was swallowed, what would happen?
Revelation 10:9-10 _____________________________________

It was commonly believed that the ear was the sanctuary to be cleansed, and that Jesus would come at the end of the 2300-day period. No message could have been sweeter. Many gladly gave up their jobs and spent their life's savings to spread the wonderful news. But when the date passed by and Jesus did not return, they experienced the most bitter disappointment of their lives.

9. Those who had experienced the bitter disappointment were told they must do what again?
Revelation 1o:11 __________________________________

10. What was to be measured?
Revelation 11:1 _____________________________________

11. Where was the temple of God opened?
Revelation 11:19 ___________________________________

12. What does the apostle call the temple of God in heaven?
Hebrews 8:2 _____________________________________

13. The earthly tabernacle, being true to its pattern, served as an example and shadow of what?
Hebrews 8:5 _______________________________________

14. How is the heavenly tabernacle rated, compared to the earthly?
Hebrews 9:11 _______________________________________

15. Who is the High Priest of the heavenly sanctuary?
Hebrews 9:11 ______________________________________

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." Hebrews 3:1.

16. What two apartments of the earthly tabernacle did the veil divide?
Exodus 26:33 _________________________________________

17. What is another name for the most holy place?
Hebrews 9:3 ______________________________________

18. How often did the earthly high priest go into that apartment?
Hebrews 9:7 _______________________________________

19. What was the purpose of the blood which he took in with him?
Hebrews 9:7 ________________________________________

The earthly Day of Atonement which occurred "once every year" is described in Leviticus 16. It symbolized the word Jesus would begin in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary in 1844.

20. What were all the people to do on that day?
Leviticus 16:29 __________________________________________

To the Jews the Day of Atonement was a solemn day of judgment. The Jewish encyclopedia describes it as follows: "God, seated on His throne to judge the the Book of Records; it is read, every man's signature being found therein. The great trumpet is sounded; a still, small voice is heard; the angels shudder, saying, this is the day of judgment... On the Day of Atonement it is sealed who shall live and who are to die."

21. What would this atonement do for the people?
Leviticus 16:30 ___________________________________

22. What would this make for the holy sanctuary and for the tabernacle?
Leviticus 16:33 ___________________________________

23. Why did the sanctuary need an atonement?
Leviticus 16:16 ______________________________________

24. It was necessary also that the patterns and heavenly things themselves should be what?
Hebrews 9:23 _______________________________________

25. In one word, what was to be done to the sanctuary at the end of the "2300 days?"
Daniel 8:14 ________________________________________

For further study on this subject see information Booklet "D" entitled, The Gospel in the Old Testament. See pages above.

In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that the Old Testament sanctuary services illustrated Christ's work in the plan of salvation.
  • I understand, that, just as the Old Testament Passover service illustrated Christ's sacrifice on the cross, so the old "Day of Atonement" illustrated the great atonement our High Priest is now making for us in the heavenly sanctuary.

Next Lesson: The Cleansing of the Sanctuary

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Follow On to Know the Lord

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. Hosea 6:3

We may think we understand something about the truth and the Bible, but the revelation of truth is much beyond anything that our finite vision can comprehend. Christ leads us. When we are caught up to meet Him , and enter through the pearly gates into the city of God, He leads us by the living waters, and all the time He is educating and talking with us about things that He would have opened to our understanding upon the earth if we could have borne it. But we do not walk fast enough. We take too many back steps. We do not advance heavenward; therefore the light that would have come in glorious rays, could not come to us because we were not prepared for it. We take a step back into the world, to the gratifications of earth, and then we take a step toward heaven, and then we take a step back, and then we take a step toward heaven.

If you follow on to know the Lord, you shall know that His going forth are prepared as the morning. You know the morning light first breaks upon us in a very dim light, and then increases and increases in brightness until the king of the day marches in the heavens in all his glory, in all his beauty...Now if God's glory were to shine first upon us as He wants to let it shine, we could not endure it...That is just why Christ came to humanity. We could not have borne Him if He had come in all His glory...

Now if we will follow on, and if we will not backslide a step or two every now and then, and have to gather up our forces and go on... it is better to gather up our forces than to remain in a backslidden condition and keep on backsliding, but I wish that we did not lose so much time and so much strength... we may know more of God and more of heaven, and become better acquainted with the precious truth and the rich blessings that God has for us if we will only comprehend them. He has prepared wonderful things for us. OHC

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lesson 14 - The World's Greatest Time Pophecy

You are about to study the longest and most significant time prophecy in the Bible. Given more than 500 years before the death of Christ, it accurately pinpoints the time of His sacrifice. And at the only place in the Old Testament that speaks of a coming "Messiah" by that term, it makes the top of all Messianic prophecies. Yet this Prophecy, found in the eighth and ninth chapters of the book of Daniel, movies beyond the earthly ministry of Christ to provide a panorama of His present work for us in the courts of heaven.
We will cover the prophecy in three lessons. In the first we will concentrate on establishing the time elements involved. The next two lessons will take us into the throne room of God,opening to our understanding the special work of Jesus for us in these last days.
You will remember from lesson 2 that the prophecy of Daniel 8 begins with a man and a goat. After discussing the goat's horns, the vision then turns to the activities of the little horn, which magnifies itself to defy heaven, casting truth to the ground and trampling upon the sanctuary and the host.

1. How long would the sanctuary and the host be trodden upon?
Daniel 8:13, 14 ______________________________________

2. Who was commissioned to make Daniel understand the vision?
Daniel 8:16 ________________________________________
The angel began to explain the vision. He told Daniel that the ram represented Medo-Persia; the goat and its horns represented Greece. He enlarged a little on the activities of the little horn, but said nothing more about the time factor involved.

3. When Gabriel stopped short of a full explanation, what happened to David?
Daniel 8:27 ______________________________________
"Afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it." Daniel 8:27

4. When Gabriel finally returned to explain the time portion of the vision, how much of the 2300 days did he say was designated for the Jewish people?
Daniel 9:21 - 24 __________________________________

Seventy weeks is 490 days, Subtract that from the total 2,300 days, and 1,810 days of the prophecy are left.

5. In Bible prophecy, God has appointed a short unit of time to represent a longer time period. What scale does He use?
Ezekiel 4:6 ____________________________________

"Each day for a year." Numbers 14:34
Applying this rule, 2,300 prophetic days is actually 2,300 literal years, the first 490 of which pertained to the Jews.

6. The time period would begin when what command went forth?
Daniel 9:25 _____________________________________

7. In fulfilling God's command, what three kings of Persia would need to make decrees regarding the rebuilding of Jerusalem?
Ezra 6:14 ______________________________________

The final decree, that of Artaxerxes, is recorded in Ezra 7, and went into effect in the autumn of 457 B.C.

8. Who would appear after seven weeks and sixty-two weeks?
Daniel 9:25 _____________________________________

Sixty-nine weeks is 483 prophetic days. From the autumn of 457 B.C., 483 years takes us to the autumn of A.D. 27. According to the prophecy, that is when the Messiah would appear."Messiah" is the Hebrew word for "Anointed one". The Bible tells us that "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power." Acts 10:38.
That anointing took place at His baptism (John 1:32). Jesus was baptized in the autumn of A.D. 27, the precise time foretold in Daniel's prophecy.

9. After Jesus was baptized, what did Andrew tell his brother Simon?
John 1:41 _____________________________________

10. As Jesus began His public ministry, what did He say that reveals His awareness of His prophetic dateline?
Mark 1:15 _____________________________________

11. Indicating that Jesus came right on schedule, when did Paul say the Saviour appeared?
Galatians 4:4 ______________________________________

12. What would Jesus cause to cease in the midst of the seventieth week?
Daniel 9:27 ______________________________________

That "week" would be the last seven years of the "70-week" portion of the prophecy. It extended from the autumn of A.D. 27 to the autumn of A.D. 34.
In the spring of A.D. 31, exactly half way through that seven-year period, Jesus brought to an end the whole system of sacrifices and oblations by offering Himself as the Lamb of God, to whom the whole sacrificial system had pointed.

13. What happened in the temple in Jerusalem when Jesus died which signified that its ritual services would never again have any meaning?
Matthew 27:51 _________________________________

14. Seventy weeks were determined upon the Jewish people to do what?
Daniel 9:24 to finish the __________________________
to make an end of ______________________
to make reconciliation for _________________
to bring in ___________________________
to seal up ____________________________
and to ______________________________
The "seventy-week" portion of the 2,300 years ended in A.D. 34. In that year Israel's probationary time ceased, and they sealed their rejection of Christ by stoning Stephen. With the Jews no longer God's chosen people, the gospel began to be proclaimed to the Gentiles, and the Christian church inherited all the privileges promised to the descendants of Abraham (Daniel 9:26, 27; Mark 13:14).

(A prophetic chart will be offered at the end of all the studies)

15. The vision of the 2300 days pointed to what period of earth's history?
Daniel 8:17 ________________________________

From the autumn of A.D. 34, 1,810 years of the prophecy remained. Add 1,810 to 34 and it brings us to the autumn of the year 1844, which the prophecy refers to as "the time of the end".

16. What does the Bible say would happen at the end of the "2,300-day" period?
Daniel 8:14 _______________________________

17. What instructions did the angel give which show that the vision was not given for Daniel's day?
Daniel 8:26 ______________________________

18. When would knowledge of the prophecies of Daniel finally be increased?
Daniel 12:4 __________________________________

In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that the 70-week portion of the 2300-day prophecy was accurately fulfilled in the earthly ministry and sacrifice of Jesus.
  • I understand that the 1,810 remaining years of the prophecy point to an important cleansing work which was to take place near the end of time.

Next Lesson: Revelation Unseals Daniel's Prophecy

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Come Unto Me

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28

Many who hear this invitation, while sighing for rest, yet press on the rugged path, hugging their burdens close to their heart. Jesus loves them, and longs to bear their burdens and themselves also in His strong arms. He would remove the fears and uncertainties that rob them of peace and rest; but they must first come to Him, and tell Him the secret wores of their heart..

Sometimes we pour our troubles into human ears, and tell our affictions to those who cannot help us, and neglect to confide all to Jesus, who is able to change the sorrowful way to paths of joy and peace...

He proposes to be our friend, to walk with us through all the rough pathways of life. He says to us, I am the Lord thy God; walk with me, and I will fill thy path with light. Jesus, the Majesty of Heaven, proposes to elevate to companionship with Himself those who come to Him with their burdens, their weaknesses, and their cares..

His invitation to us is a call to a pure, holy, and happy life - a life of peace and rest, of liberty and love- and to a rich inheritance in the future, immortal life... It is our privilege to have daily a calm, close, happy walk with Jesus.

Rest is found when all self-justification, all reasoning from a selfish standpoint, is put away. Entire self-surrender and acceptance of His ways, is the secret of perfect rest in His love... Do just what He told you to do, and be assured that God will do all that He has said He would do... Have you come to Him, renouncing all your makeshifts, all your unbelief, all your self-righteousness? Come just as you are, weak, helpless, and ready to die. OHC

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lesson 13 - The Mystery of Godliness

1. Jesus referred to Himself as whom?
John 3:18 ________________________________________

2. How did the apostle John in his gospel introduce Jesus?
John 1:1 _________________________________________

3. What dwells in Jesus?
Colossians 2:9 _____________________________________

4. What is Jesus to His Father?
Hebrews 1:3 ______________________________________

5. How long has Jesus been around?
Micah 5:2 ________________________________________

6. What names are given to Jesus?
Isaiah 9:6 ________________________________________

7.What did Thomas call Jesus?
John 20:28 _______________________________________

8. What is the meaning of the name Emmanuel?
Matthew 1:23 ____________________________________

9. What is, without controversy, the great mystery of godliness?
1 Timothy 3:16 _____________________________________

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory, the glory as
of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14.

10. Jesus took upon Himself what nature?
Hebrews 2:14 _____________________________________

"God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." "Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren."
Romans 8:3, Hebrews 2:17.

11. He took the human nature of whose seed?
Hebrews 2:16 ______________________________________

"Made of the seed of David according to the flesh." Romans 1:3

12. Did Jesus have to face the infirmities and fierce temptations which come to us?
Hebrews 4:15 _____________________________________

"Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he
himself also is compassed with infirmity." Hebrews 5:2

"For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." Hebrews 2:18.

"And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man." John 2:25

13. What was one of the things He had to endure?
Hebrews 12:3 ______________________________________________

14. How did He handle personal abuse?
1 Peter 2:23 _______________________________________________

15. In His personal life, how much room did Jesus leave for Satan?
John 14:30.

16. What thought did Jesus say will cheer us in the midst of tribulations?
John 16:33.

17. At the culmination of a life of victory, what did Jesus do?
1 Peter 2:24 ______________________________________

"Christ died for our sins." 1 Corinthians 15:3.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
Philippians 2:5-8.

18. What did He say on the cross which reveals an even greater anguish He had to endure?
Matthew 27:46. __________________________________________

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:21.

19. Christ did all this for us who are what type of people?
Romans 5:7,8 _________________________________________

20. What was the whole purpose of His life on earth?
Matthew 20:28 ________________________________________

For an inspiring prophecy of Christ's mission, read Isaiah 53.

In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that Jesus went through all that I experience and much more, yet without sin, so that I might be freed from sin.
  • I desire for my life to be compelled by love of Christ who went through so much for me.

Next Lesson: The World's Greatest Time Prophecy

Sunday, November 28, 2010

In Love With Christ

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. Hebrews 7:26.

The character of Christ was one of unexampled excellence, embracing everything pure, true, lovely, and of good report. We have no knowledge of His ever visiting a party of pleasure or a dance hall, and yet He was the perfection of grace and courtly bearing. Christ was no novice: He was distinguished for the high intellectual powers He possessed even in the morning of His life. His youth was not wasted in indolence, neither was it wasted in sensual pleasure, self-indulgence, or frittered away in things of no profit. Not one of His hours from childhood to manhood was misspent, none were misappropriated...

Jesus was sinless and had no dread of the consequences of sin. With this exception His condition was as yours. You have not a difficulty that did not press with equal weight upon Him, not a sorrow that His heart has not experienced. His feelings could be hurt with neglect, with indifference of professed friends, as easily as yours. Is your path thorny? Christ's was so in a tenfold sense. Are you distressed? So was He. How well fitted was Christ to be an example! OHC
See Luke 2:52

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lesson 12 - Questions on Hell

1. What will God rain upon the wicked?
Psalm 11:6 _______________________________________

2. From where will the fire come?
Revelation 20:9 ____________________________________

3. When will this happen?
Revelation 20:7 ___________________________________

(For more information on the thousand years see Lesson 5 )

4. The Lord is reserving the unjust until when to be punished?
2 Peter 2:9 ________________________________________

5. As the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be when ?
Matthew 13:40 _____________________________________

6. How does the Bible describe the agony the wicked will experience?
Matthew 13:40 _______________________________________

7. All the wicked shall have their part in the loake that burns with fire and
brimstone which is what?
Revelation 21:8 _______________________________________

8. How do we know that the place of torment is not underground?
Revelation 20:9 ________________________________________

9. What all will be burned on the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men?
2 Peter 3:7 __________________________________________

10. How does God feel about the punishment of the wicked?
Ezekiel 33:11 _________________________________________

11. Has God willed for certain ones to perish?
2 Peter 3:9 ____________________________________________

12. For whom is the fire prepared?
Matthew 25:41 ________________________________________

13. Who will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone with the beast and false prophet?
Revelation 20:10 ________________________________________

14. What will the Lord do to all the wicked?
Psalm 145:20 ___________________________________________

15. It is better to lose an eye or a hand, instead of having how much of our body cast into hell?
Matthew 5:29, 30 __________________________________________

16. Is one's physical body the only thing that hell will destroy?
Matthew 10:28 _____________________________________________

17. God will punish according to what?
Jeremiah 21:14 ______________________________________________

18. Who will receive many stripes?
Luke 12:47 _______________________________________________

19. Who will receive few stripes?
Luke 12:48 _________________________________________________

20. When the day comes that shall burn as an oven, all that do wickedly shall be what?
Malachi 4:1 ______________________________________________

21. How thoroughly will the day that cometh burn them? And what will be left on them?
Malachi 4:1 ________________________________________________

22. Ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be what?
Malachi 4:3 _________________________________________________

23. The flames will devour them as what?
Nahum 1:10 ____________________________________________

"The candle of the wicked shall be put out." Proverbs 24:20

24. They shall be as though what?
Obadiah 16 _________________________________________________

25. How completely will the fire burn Satan?
Ezekiel 28:18 _____________________________________________

26. Will Satan ever be any more?
Ezekiel 28:19 ______________________________________________

27. What may we conclude about ultimate justice and about God?
Psalm 58:11 ________________________________________________

For more information see Booklet "C", Biblical Expressions and Explanations.
See pages at top.

Next lesson: The Mystery of Godliness

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Virtue of Brotherly Kindness

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 2 Peter 1:7

The Word of God enjoins upon every one of His children: "Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous." 1 Peter 3:8. Now unless godliness was added to patience man would not show that brotherly kindness. In His mission to our world, Christ has shown man the graces of the Spirit of God which when accepted, fashion and mold the entire man, externally as well as internally, by abasing his pride and leading him not to esteem himself highly but to esteem his brother as precious in the sight of God because Christ paid an infinite price for his soul. When man is valued as God's property then we will be kind, amiable, and condescending toward him. OHC

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lesson 11 - The Secret of Immortality

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:4.

1. What kind of man are we, mortal or immortal?
Job 4:17 ____________________________________

2. What is your life?
James 4:14 ___________________________________

3. What characterizes God the Father and Jesus the Son?
John 5:26 ____________________________________

4. Who is eternal and immortal?
1 Timothy 1:17 __________________________________

5. God is the only one who hath what?
1 Timothy 6:16 _________________________________

6. Yet for us Jesus has brought to light the possibility of life and immortality through the what?
2 Timothy 1:10 ___________________________________

7. Who only will receive eternal life?
John 3:16 _______________________________________

8. What word describes the fate of everyone else?
John 3:16 _________________________________________

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life." John 3:36.

9. How does the Bible emphasize that life can enlist only when there is a connection to the Lifegiver?
1 John 5:12 ________________________________________

"For in him we live and move, and have our being." Acts 17:28.

10. What are the two alternatives?
Romans 6:23 ________________________________________

11. At what event will this mortal put on immportality?
1 Corinthians 15: 52,53 _________________________________

12. When will the unfading crown be received?
1 Peter 5:4 __________________________________________

"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
Colosians 3:4.

13. What two trees grew in the midst of Eden?
Genesis 2:9 __________________________________________

14. What was the only tree in the garden from which Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat?
Genesis 2:6, 17 _______________________________________

15. What punishment did God decree for disobedience?
Genesis 2:17 _______________________________________

16. What did Satan say?
Genesis 3:4 __________________________________________

17. What are we told about the devil, the truth and lies?
John 8:44 ______________________________________________

18. Once he sinned, from what tree would Adam have had to eat in order to live forever?
Genesis 3:22 ____________________________________________

19. Because He does not permit sinners to live forever, what did God do?
Gebnesis 3:24 _____________________________________________

20. What river will be in the new earth?
Revelation 22:1 ___________________________________________

21. What will grow on either side of the river?
Revelation 22:2 _____________________________________________

22. Who only will have right to the tree of life?
Revelation 22:14 __________________________________________

23. But don't sinners also have some undying spark of life in them?
1 John 3:15 _______________________________________________

"The soul that sinneth, it shall die." Ezekiel 18:20. "

24. If we want life, what must we do?
Matthew 19:17 _____________________________________

25. By what means do we seek for immortality and eternal life?
Romans 2:7 _________________________________________

26. What will happen to all evildoers?
Psalm 37:9 __________________________________________

27. Will the wicked be any more?
Psalm 37:10 ___________________________________________

28. Into what will they consume away?
Psalm 37:20 __________________________________________

In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that immortality will be given only to the righteous.
  • I understand that no wicked person will live forever.
  • I desire to be given immortality when Jesus comes.

Next Lesson: Questions on Hell

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Cause of All Our Woes

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day: least any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13.

Mark the words "deceitfulness of sin." Satan always presents his temptations under the guise of goodness. Beware that you yield not to them. One violation of strightforward truthfulness prepares the way for the second violation, and wrongs are repeated, until the heart of unbelief becomes hardened, and the conscience looses its sensitiveness.

Let none flatter themselves that the sins of their youth can easily be given up by and by. This is not so. Every sin cherished weakens the character and strengthens the habit; and physical, mental, and moral depravity result. You may repent of the wrong you have done, and set your feet in right paths; but the mold of your mind and your familiarity with evil will make it difficult for you to distinguish between right and wrong. Through the wrong habits you have formed Satan will assail you again and again and again.

God seeks our real happiness. If anything lies in the way of this, He sees it must first be removed. He will thwart our purposes and disappoint our expectations and bring us through disappointments and trials to reveal to us ourselves as we are... Sin is the cause of all our woes. If we would have true peace and happiness of mind, sin must be removed. OHC

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lesson 10 - What Is a Soul?

1. How many souls came out of the loins of Jacob?
Exodus 1:5 ____________________________________

2. How many souls were on Paul's ship?
Acts 27:37 _____________________________________

3. What two elements did God use to form a living soul?
Genesis 2:7 ______________________________________


The Biblical definition of a soul is simply a breathing body. Notice that the text does not say that man was given a soul, but rather he became a soul. A soul is not something a person has, it is the person. Souls have blood (Jeremiah 2:34). Not only are people souls, but so are fish and animals (Revelation 16:3).

The Hebrew word for soul, nephesh, is variously translated "person" ( Genesis 14:21), "self" (Leviticus 11:43), "life" (Psalm 31:13), "me" (Judges 16:30), "creature" (Genesis 1:21),

"beast" (Leviticus 24:18), "man" (2 Kings12:4), "thing" (Ezekiel 47:9), and "fish" (Isaiah 19:10). When translated "body" the nephesh is usually dead (Leviticus 21:11).

The Greek word for soul, psuche, has the same meaning. In Matthew 16:25 Jesus commands anyone who will lose his soul (psuche) for Christ's sake. It is often translated simply as "life" (Matthew 2:20). It means "person" (Acts 7:14). "My soul" and "your soul" are idiomatic expressions meaning "I" and "you" (Matthew 12:18; 2 Corinthians 12:15, margin)

4. How is the process God used in creating a soul reversed when we die?
Psalm 104:29 _____________________________________


"If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; all flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust." Job 34:14, 15

5. Can a soul die?
Ezekiel 18:20 _______________________________________

6. When life ends, what is left?
Genesis 3:19 ________________________________________

7. What returns to God?
Ecclesiastes 12:7 ______________________________________

8. Where is this spirit located in a person?
Job 27:3 ____________________________________________

9. What is it that is found in a person's nostrils?
Genesis 7:22 _________________________________________

The Hebrew word for spirit (and ghost, Job 3:11), ruach, and the Greek word, pneuma, mean breath, wind, or vital element. it is the spark of life when makes you able to live. It is "the breath of the Almighty" (Job 33:4). When the Bible uses those words in reference to man, not once does it say that ruach or pneuma is something in man that retains consciousness after the person dies.

Angels are called spirits (Psalm 104:4) because to human eyes they are invisible as breath. But man does not possess the nature of angels (Psalm 8:5, nor does the Bible indicate that he assumes it at death.

10. What goes forth when man dies?
Psalm 146:4 ______________________________________

11. Is the breath in man any different from the breath in beasts?
Ecclesiastes 3:19 _____________________________________

12. Is there any difference between a dead man and a dead beast?
Ecclesiastes 3:20 ______________________________________

A soul is like the light that results when a light bulb is connected to a power source. The spirit or breath of life, is the electric current.

Electricity will produce light only while it is flowing through the bulb. When the filament in the bulb breaks, the electrical circuit is broken, and the light goes out.

Just as the light cannot exist unless there is both electricity and a bulb, so there must be both the breath of life and a functional body in order for there to be a living soul.

13. After a person dies, can he return and appear to those who knew him?
Job 7:8 _______________________________________________
Job 7:9 _______________________________________________
Job 7:10 ______________________________________________
Job 16:22 ______________________________________________

14. In these last days some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to what?
1 Timothy 4:1 _______________________________________

15. What type of spirits will appear, working miracles?
Revelation 16:14 _____________________________________

16. In the garden, Satan disguised himself in the form of what?
Genesis3:1 __________________________________________

17. Satan can transform himself into a what?
2 Corinthians 11:14 _______________________________________

18. What can his ministers appear as?
2 Corinthians 11:15 _______________________________________

19. If they speak not according to the law and to the testimony, it is because of what?
Isaiah 8:20 ______________________________________________

20. If they speak not according to the law and to the testimony, it is because of what?
Isaiah 8:19 _______________________________________________

21. What type of individuals will not be found among God's people?
Deuteronomy 18:10,11 __________________________________________

22. All that do those things are what?
Deuteronomy 18:12 ____________________________________________

23. What words did Paul have for a sorcerer?
Acts 13:10 __________________________________________________

24. Can a person have fellowship with the Lord and with devils?
1 Corinthians 10:21 ___________________________________________

25. With Satan's influences all around us, what does God call us to do?
2 Corinthians 6:17 ____________________________________________

Christians will have nothing to do with magic, fortune telling, horoscopes or sances; or games, books, movies or toys containing elements of witchcraft or spiritualism.

In the light of God's Word...

  • A soul is a breathing body, a man or a beast.
  • One's spirit is the lifegiving breath from God.
  • The soul dies when the breath ceases.
  • The dead cannot communicate.

Next Lesson: The Secret of Immortality

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Take Care of God's Property

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. Galatians 1:4.

You have cost much. "Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:20. That which you may regard as your own is God's. Take care of His property. He has bought you with an infinite price. Your mind is His. What right has any person to abuse a body that belongs not to himself, but to the Lord Jesus Christ? What satisfaction can anyone take in gradually lessening the powers of body and mind by selfish indulgence of any form.

God has given to every human being a brain. He desires that it shall be used to His glory. By it, man is enabled to cooperate with God in efforts to save perishing fellow mortals. We have none too much brain power or reasoning faculties. We are to educate and train every power of mind and body - the human mechanism that Christ has bought - in order that we may put it to the best possible use. We are to do all we can to strengthen these powers: for God is pleased to have us become more and still more efficient colaborers with him. ...

Christ has died for you, and you are to live as unto God. Let your reasoning powers, refined, purified, sanctified, be brought to God. The Lord requires the sanctification of the whole body, it is to be elevated and ennobled. God has claims upon mind, soul, and body. OHC

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lesson 9 - What Happens to People When They Die?

1. When man dies, where does he go?

Job 21:32 _____________________________________

2. The wicked are reserved there until they will be brought forth to what?

Job 21:30 ______________________________________

"So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, shall not awake, nor be
raised out of their sleep." Job 14:12.

3. Job said he would wait in the grave until what came?

Job 14:13,14 ______________________________________

"We shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
1 Corinthians 15:51, 52.

4. At what event will they that are Christ's be made alive?

1 Corinthians 15:22,23 _________________________________

5. Has David already gone to heaven?

Acts 2:34 ___________________________________________

6. Where is David now?

Acts 2:29 __________________________________________

7. What has become of him?

Acts 13:36 _________________________________________

8. How will God awaken the dead?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 _________________________________

"And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds." Matthew 24:31.

9. Until then, where do the dead wait?

Job 17:13 __________________________________________

10. Where did Jesus say the dead are?

John 5:28 ________________________________________

11. What words did Jesus use to say that his friend was dead?

John 11:11 _________________________________________

12. How did David refer to his death?

Psalm 13:3 ________________________________________

13. What words did Paul use to say that some of those who saw Jesus were now dead?

1 Corinthians 15:6 ____________________________________

14. If there were no resurrection, what would happen to all who have fallen asleep?

1 Corinthians 15:18 ___________________________________

15. When Jesus awoke from death, how did He say that He had not yet been to heaven?

John 20:17 _________________________________________

16. How much does a dead man know?

Ecclesiastes 9:5 ________________________________________

17. What happens to his feelings and emotions?

Ecclesiastes 9:6 _________________________________________

18. What happens to all his thoughts?

Psalm 146:4 ___________________________________________

19. What can we do while we are alive?

Psalm 146:2 ___________________________________________

20. Can dead people praise the Lord?

Psalm 115:17 _________________________________________

"The living, the living shall praise thee, as I do this day." Isiah 38:19.

21. Can the dead thank God or even remember Him?

Psalm 6:5 ___________________________________________

22. Why will many people perish?

2 Thessalonians 2:10 _____________________________________

23. If we haven't learned to love the truth while we are alive, can we get it in the grave?

Isaiah 38:18 ______________________________________________

24. How then should we use the short time in which we are alive?

Ecclesiastes 9:10 __________________________________________

25. Why is it so important to do it now?

Ecclesiastes 9:10 __________________________________________

(Further study see Booklet B, A Closer Look)

In the Light of God's Word..
  • I understand that the dead are unconscious in the grave, awaiting either the resurrection of life or the resurrection of damnation.

Next Lesson: What Is a Soul?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Angels to Guard Us

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11

Oh, that we could all realize the nearness of heaven to earth! When the earthborn children know it not, they have the angels of light as their companions for the heavenly messengers are sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. A silent witness guards every soul that lives, seeking to win and draw him to Christ.

The angels never leave the tempted one a prey to the enemy, who would destroy the souls of men if permitted to do so. As long as there is hope, until they resist the Holy Spirit to their eternal ruin, men are guarded by heavenly intelligence.

Oh, that all could behold our precious Saviour as He is, a Saviour. Let His hand draw aside the veil which conceals His glory from our eyes. It shows Him in His high holy place. What do we see? Our Saviour, not in a position of silence and inactivity. He is surrounded with heavenly intelligences, cherubim, and seraphim, ten thousand time ten thousand of angels. All these heavenly beings have one object above all others, in which they are intensely interested - His church (note: ones that follow His truth, not a structure) in a world of corruption... They are working for Christ under His commission to save to the uttermost all who look to Him and believe in Him. OHC

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lesson 8, You Can Be a Friend of God

1. How was Enoch's relationship with God described?
Genesis 5:22:24 ______________________________________

2. What is said of Noah?
Genesis 6:9 __________________________________________

3. What was Abraham called?
James 2:23 __________________________________________

4. How did the Lord converse with Moses?
Exodus 33:11 _________________________________________

5. Was this kind of relationship only for them?
Joshua 1:5 ____________________________________________

6. What is it like to be close to God?
Psalm 16:11 ___________________________________________
"The path of the just is the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect
day." Proverbs 4:18

7. What happens to us as we behold the glory of the Lord?
2 Corinthians 3:18 _______________________________________

8. What time of day did David set aside for prayer?
Psalm 5:3 ____________________________________________

9. Was David's prayer limited to the morning?
Psalm 55:17 ___________________________________________

10. What was Daniel's unwavering practice
Daniel 6:10 __________________________________________

11. What example did Jesus set for us?
Mark 1:35 ____________________________________________

12. What did He often do in the evening?
Matthew 14:23 ________________________________________

13. How continually essential is prayer?
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ________________________________________
"Men ought always to pray." Luke 18:1

14. How close may we be to Jesus?
John 15:7 ______________________________________________
"I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4

15. What reason did Jesus give for His confidence of His Father's presence?
John 8:29 _______________________________________________

16. On what basis does God fulfill our request?
1 John 3:22 _______________________________________________

The Bible gives clear guidelines for prayer

a. We pray to God the Father in Jesus name (John 16:23)
b. We come to God in faith, believing that He hears and will answer our prayer (Matthew 21:22,
Hebrews 11:6, James 1:6)
c. We trust Him to answer our prayers according to His will (1 John 5:14)
d. Vain repetition in prayer has no value (Matthew 6:7)
e. The purpose of prayer is to bring glory to God(John 14:13)

17. What cannot I do and expect God to hear me?
Psalm 66:18 ______________________________________________
In order to pray acceptably we need to make things right with anyone we have harmed (Matthew 5:23,24), and put away any grudges we may be holding against others (Mark

18. For whom should we pray? Just for ourselves?
James 5:16 ______________________________________________

19. How effective is prayer?
James 5:16 _____________________________________________
"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers."
1 Peter 3:12

20. Why does God sometimes deny our request?
James 4:3 ___________________________________________

21. What phrase did Jesus add to His prayer?
Luke 22:42 _______________________________________

22. How vital is it that we know God?
John 17:3 ____________________________________________
Knowing God is of more value than wisdom, might, and riches (Jeremiah 9:23, 24)

23. What is the secret of spiritual success?
Psalm 119:11 _________________________________________
God's words "shall be in thine heart 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. " Deuteronomy 6:6, 7.

In the Light of God's Word...

- I desire to walk closely with God.

-I choose to spend priority time each day in prayer.

-I desire to make the word of God prominent in my home.

Next Lesson: What happens to People When They Die?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stay Close to Jesus

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou has holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 73:23.

Before you engage in any important work, remember that Jesus is your counselor, and that it is your privilege to cast all your care upon Him... Do not keep Jesus in the background and never mention His name, never call the attention of your friends to Him who is at your side to be your counselor. Would not your friends look upon you as disrespectful were they at your side , and you never spoke to them or of them?...

Many complain that Jesus seems a long way off. Who has placed Him a long way off? Has it not been your own course of action that has separated you from Jesus? He has not forsaken you, but you have forsaken Him for other lovers... It is when you wonder from His side, and are fasten your affections upon some trifling thing, that you are in danger of losing your peace and trust and confidence in God...

Than it is that Satan presents to you the thought that Jesus has forsaken you: but is it not that you have forsaken Jesus.. We dare not let His name languish on our lips, and His love and memory die out of our hearts.OHC

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lesson 7 - You Can Be a New Person!

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkeness, revellings, and such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Galatians 5:19 - 21.

1. Whoever commits sin is what?
John 8:34 ________________________________________
"His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins." Proverbs 5:22.

"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Romans 6:16.

2. What are the wages of serving sin?
Romans 6:23 _______________________________________

3. What was the mission of Jesus?
Matthew 1:21 _______________________________________

4. What does it mean to be saved from our sins?
Romans 6:18 ________________________________________

5. Can Jesus really free us from sin's control?
John 8:36 __________________________________________
"For sin shall not have dominion over you." Romans 6:14

6. Can we serve both God and sin?
Matthew 6:24 ______________________________________

7. So what much we do?
Joshua 24:15 _______________________________________

8. When we choose to serve the Lord, what does He cause to happen within us?
Romans 6:6 _______________________________________

9. What may we then reckon ourselves to be?
Romans 6:11 ______________________________________
"How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" "For he that is dead is freed from sin." Romans 6:2,7.

10. We put off the old man, which is what?
Ephesians 4:22 ______________________________________

11. And we put on the new man, which is what?
Ephesians 4:24 ______________________________________
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

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

12. We receive grace and the gift of what?
Romans 5:17 _________________________________________
"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe." Romans 3:22.

13. We are made what?
Romans 5:19 ________________________________________

14 How much does this being made righteous cost us?
Romans 5:18 ________________________________________

15. Receiving this gift, we become filled with what?
Ephesians 3:19 ______________________________________

16. We are than a partaker of what?
2 Peter 1:4 ___________________________________________

17. When this happens what is our relation to the sinful habits that once enslaved us?
2 Peter 1:4 ___________________________________________

18. How is a person's life different after being liberated from the servitude of sin?
1 Peter 4:2 ___________________________________________
"For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatrys." 1 Peter 4:3.

19. How does Paul emphasize again the new status of the believers?
Romans 6:22 ________________________________________

20. How should this new status affect our future plans?
Romans 13:14 ________________________________________
"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God." Romans 6:12, 13.

21. Upon what conditions may we continue to partake of the power of Christ?
Hebrews 3:14 _________________________________________
"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31.

22. If through unbelief a person falls back into his former passions, what has he probably forgotten?
2 Peter 1:9 ____________________________________________

23. Of what may we be confident?
Philippians 1:6 __________________________________________

24. What is Jesus able to do?
Jude 24 ______________________________________________

25. Is that expecting too much of the Lord?
Ephesians 3:20 _________________________________________

26. Do we need anything that His divine power has not supplied?
2 Peter 1:3 _____________________________________________
"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32.

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19.

27. How may we obtain the transforming gift of God's righteousness?
Matthew 7:7 ____________________________________________

28. Then what positive action are we to take?
Romans 6:13 _____________________________________________
"For as he have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness."
Romans 6:19

29. What will our testimony than be?
Psalms 116:16 ______________________________________________

In Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that God is able to put His righteousness in me, making me a new person, free from sin's control.
  • I desire to receive that righteousness of God in my life.

Next Lesson: You Can Be a Friend of God!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Never Absent from the Mind of God

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

To enlarge our views of God's goodness, Christ calls upon us to behold the works of His hands. "Behold the fowls of the air." He says, "they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matt. 6:26.

Though men and women have sinned grievously, they are not forsaken. The hand that upholds the world, upholds and strengthens His weakest child. The great Master Artist, whose skill is infinitely beyond the skill of any human being, who gives to the lily of the field its delicate and beautiful tints, cares for the little sparrow. Not one falls to the ground without His notice...OHC

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lesson 6 Invisible Forces Behind the Scenes

1. Did God create only visible things?
Colossians 1:16 ___________________________

2. What superhuman beings does the Bible mention?
Psalm 8:5 ________________________________

3. Has anyone ever seen an angel?
Numbers 22:31 ____________________________

4. What type of angels were stationed at the entrance to the garden of Eden when man was driven out?
Genesis 2:24 _______________________________
Angels are not the spirits of dead people as some may suppose. No one had yet died when Adam and Eve were driven from Eden. The Bible speaks definitely of the existence of intelligent beings in the universe before the earth was created. (Job 38:4, 7)

5. Are angels very strong?
Psalm 103:20 _________________________________

6. How swiftly do they move?
Ezekiel 1:14 ___________________________________

7. What have they been sent forth to do?
Hebrews 1:14 ________________________________

8. How might we meet an angel some day?
Hebrews 13:2 _________________________________

9. How do angels protect God's people from danger?
Psalm 34:7 ___________________________________

Here are a few stories of angels helping God's people in times of personal crisis: 1 Kings 19: 1 - 8, Daniel 6: 16 - 23, Acts 5: 17 - 23, Acts 12: 5 - 11.

10. How will God protect His people through the calamities of the last days?
Psalm 91:11 ___________________________________

11. Are angels assigned even to children?
Matthew 18:10 _________________________________

12. How does the Bible describe the loyalty of the angels to God?
Psalm 103:20 __________________________________

13. God spared not the angels that did what?
2 Peter 2:4 ____________________________________

14. What is sin?
1 John 3:4 _____________________________________

15. Who is the leader of the rebellious angels?
Revelation 12:9 ________________________________

16. What was he called before he fell?
Isaiah 14:12 ____________________________________

17. What position did he hold in heaven?
Ezekiel 28:14 _________________________________

18. What was he like from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him?
Ezekiel 28:15 ________________________________

19. In three words or less, what did Lucifer do that God cast him out and took away his position as covering cherub?
Ezekiel 28:16 ________________________________

20. What sin did he first commit in his heart?
Ezekiel 28:17 ________________________________

21. Whose position did he covet?
Isaiah 14:13, 14 _______________________________

22. This led to what in heaven?
Revelation 12:7 ______________________________

23. What percentage of the angels (symbolically referred to as 'stars') joined Satan in his rebellion?
Revelation 12:4 ________________________________

24. Did their rebellion succeed?
Revelation 12:8 ________________________________

25. What happened to Satan and his angels?
Revelation 12:9 ________________________________

26. They are now being reserved in what condition until the judgment of the great day?
Jude 6 _______________________________________

The Bible speaks of the fallen angels as "unclean spirits", "evil spirits", and "devils". Their work of darkness is limited to this world. For an illustration of their destructive work upon man and beast when unrestrained by the mighty angels of God. read Mark 5: 1 - 13.

27. What is Satan doing now?
1 Peter 5:8 __________________________________

28. Why has he come to us now in great wrath?
Revelation 12:12 _____________________________

29. What shall we do to stand against him?
Ephesians 6: 11 ______________________________

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. " Ephesians 6:12.

30. What armor do we need?
Ephesians 6:14
Loins girded with _____________________________

Breastplate of ________________________________

(verse 15) Feet shod with _________________________

(verse 16) Shield of ____________________________

(verse 17) Helmet of ___________________________

Sword of __________________________________

which is _________________

31. In what three traps does Satan get people?
1 John 2:16 ________________________________
Although Satan makes his offers appear enticing, his purpose is to destroy people. Job 1: 6 - 22 unveils the real conflict going on behind the scenes over each one of us.

32. What specific action must we take?
James 4:7,8 _________________________________

33. If we stay close to God, what promise may we claim when Satan bombards us?
Isiah 59:19 (last half) ___________________________

34. How are the angels of God affected when we decide to place ourselves on God's side?
Luke 15:10 _________________________________

In the Light of God's Word...
  • I understand that one third of the angels transgressed God's law, were cast out of heaven, and are chained to this earth.
  • I understand that God is preserving the lives of the wicked angels until the final judgment day.
I choose to be on God's side and desire His power to resist the snares of Satan and the other rebellious angels.

Next Lesson: You Can Be a New Person!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jesus Our Best Friend

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

How few are constantly beholding the unseen Guest, realizing that He is at their right hand! How many ignore His presence! Did we treat others as we treat Jesus, what discourtesy it would be thought!

Suppose a friend were with us, and we should meet an acquaintance on the way and direct our whole attention to our new found acquaintance, ignoring the presence of our friend, what opinion would men have of our loyalty to our friend, of our degree of respect to him? And yet this is the way we treat Jesus. We forget that He is our companion. We engage in conversation, and never mention His name... OHC

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lesson 5, Preview of the Coming Age

1. What two different resurrections did Jesus mention?
John 5:28, 29 ______________________________________________

2. The two resurrections are separated by how many years?
Revelation 20:4-6 ___________________________________________

3. What two words describe those who have part in the first resurrection?
Revelation 20:6 _____________________________________________

4. The rest of the dead are not raised until when?
Revelation 20: 5 _____________________________________________

5. The resurrection of the righteous occurs at the time of what great event?
1 Thessalonians 4:15 - 17 _______________________________________

6. The resurrected and living righteous will then be caught up together to meet the Lord where?
1 Thessalonians 4: 17 __________________________________________

Jesus is coming to take the righteous to the place He has prepared for them in heaven (See
lesson 4)

7. When Jesus comes, what will He do to the wicked?
2 Thessalonians 2:8 ____________________________________________
"They shall fall and perish at thy presence" Psalm 9:3.

8. How does Revelation describe what happens to those who are not saved when Jesus comes?
Revelation 19:21 ______________________________________________
"Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down,
and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof... The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord has spoken this word... The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again." Isaiah 24:1,3,20.

9. Jeremiah was shown the desolate condition of the earth after that time. How will it resemble the way it was before the creation of man?
Jeremiah 4:25 ____________________________________________________

10. Will anyone be left on the earth?
Jeremiah 4:25 ____________________________________________________
"And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth, even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground." Jeremiah 25:33

11. What will happen to all our great cities?
Jeremiah 4:26 ________________________________________________
"For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will i not make a full end." Jeremiah 4:27

12. When the righteous arrive in heaven what responsibility will they be given?
Revelation 20:6 ___________________________________________________________
Verse 4 says, "Judgment was given unto them."

13. What will be involved in this work?
1 Corinthians 6:2,3 ______________________________________________

14. How long will Satan be bound?
Revelation 20:1,2 ________________________________________________

15. He will be bound from doing what?
Revelation 20:3 _________________________________________________

16. How will God bind him from doing that?
Zephaniah 1:2,3 _________________________________________________

17. Where will Satan be during the thousand years?
Revelation 20:3 ________________________________________________
The Greek word used here is abussos, a word used in the Greek version of Genesis 1:2 to describe the condition of the earth before the creation of man.

18. Will God finally create the world anew?
Isaiah 65:17 _____________________________________________________

19. In his vision, what did John notice about the new earth?
Revelation 21:1 __________________________________________________

20. What did he then see coming down from God out of heaven?
Revelation 21:2 __________________________________________________
"And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that
great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." Revelation 21:10

21. What will Satan do to those who come up in the second resurrection?
Revelation 20:7,8

22. For what purpose will the wicked be resurrected?
Revelation 20:13 __________________________________________________

23. What will every tongue finally confess?
Philippians 2:10, 11 ________________________________________________

24. But their confession is too late, for what then happens to them?
Revelation 20:15 ___________________________________________________
"And fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them." Revelation 20:9

25. What does the Bible call this experience?
Revelation 20:14 ____________________________________________________
"The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10.

26. To what may we then look forward?
2 Peter 3:13 _____________________________________________________

27. Who will inherit the earth made new?
Psalm 37:11 ______________________________________________________

28. When will they inherit it?
Psalm 37:34 ______________________________________________________

29. What will be no more?
Revelation 21:4,5 ________________________________________________
"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. " Revelation 21:3.

"And they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads." Revelation 22:4

30. What will the redeemed do in the new?
Isiah 65:21,22 _________________________________________________

31. How peaceful will the new world be?
Isiah 65:25(last phrase) _________________________________________

32. Will sin be gone forever?
Nahum 1:9 __________________________________________________

In the Light of God's Word...

The Millennium

First Resurrection

  • Jesus Comes
  • Righteous Dead are Raised
  • Righteous Taken to Heaven
  • Wicked are Slain
  • Earth is Desolated

During the Millennium

  • On Earth: Satan is Alone, Wicked are Dead
  • In Heaven: Righteous Assist in Judging the Wicked

Second Resurrection

  • Christ, Saints, and City Descend
  • Wicked are Raised
  • Final Judgment
  • Satan and Sinners Destroyed
  • Earth is Renewed

-I understand that the righteous will be in heaven for a thousand years. Then they will inherit the earth made new.

-I desire to receive the home with Jesus has prepared for me

Next Lesson: Invisible Forces Behind the Scenes

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Reflecting Christ's Image

But we all, with open face behold as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Looking unto Jesus, dwelling upon His virtues, mercies, and purity will create in the soul an utter abhorrence for that which is sinful, and an intense longing and thirsting for righteousness. The more closely we discern Jesus, the more will we see our own defects of character: then confess these things to Jesus and with true contrition of soul co-operate with the divine power, the Holy Spirit, to put these things away.

It is the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, which Jesus said He would send into the world, that changes our character into the image of Christ: and when this is accomplished, we reflect, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord. That is, the character of the one who thus beholds Christ is so like His, that one looking at him sees Christ's own character shining out as from a mirror.

Imperceptibly to ourselves we are changed day by day from our own ways and will into the ways and will of Christ, into the loveliness of His character. Thus we grow up into Christ, and unconsciously reflect His image. OHC

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lesson 4, How Will the World End

1. Before Jesus went back to heaven, what promise did He make?
John 14:3 ____________________________________________

2. To what "blessed hope" did the apostle Paul look forward?
Titus 2:13 ____________________________________________

3. Jesus came once already to bear the sins of many. Unto whom will He come the second time?

Hebrews 9:28 _________________________________________
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall
reward every man according to his works. "Matthew 16:27.

"Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not behold your God will come...
he will come and save you. " Isaiah 35:4.

4. The disciples understood that Jesus' coming would mark what point in the world's history?

Matthew 24:3 _________________________________________

5. Why is it important for us to know the vital details about how Jesus will come?

Matthew 24:24 ________________________________________
The first chapter of Acts describes how Jesus went back to heaven. Notice the emphasis
on the fact that the disciples actually watched Him go up:
"while they beheld (vs. 9) " their sight (vs. 9)" while they looked" (vs. 10)
"gazing" (vs. 11) "ye have seen him go" (vs. 11)

6. What were they then told about the manner in which He will return?

Acts 1:11 _____________________________________________

7. How many people will see Jesus coming?

Revelation 1:7 _________________________________________

8. How easy will it be to see Him?

Matthew 24:27 ________________________________________


9. Who will come with Jesus?

Matthew 25:31 _________________________________________

10. How many angels are there?

Revelation 5:11 _________________________________________

11. What effect can the sight of one angel have upon humans?

Matthew 28:2-4 _________________________________________

The coming of Jesus with all His angels will be literally earth shattering. Notice
Revelation's description:

"And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain
and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men,
and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondmen, and
every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said
to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on
the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and
who shall be able to stand?" Revelation 6:14 - 17

"And there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so
mighty an earthquake, and so great... And the cities of the nations fell... And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent." Revelation 16:18 - 20.

12. What did Jesus say to do when they tell you that He is coming secretly?

Matthew 24:26 ___________________________________

"Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice." Psalm 50:3-5

13. All the tribes of the earth will mourn as they see Jesus doing what?

Matthew 24:30 _____________________________________

14. What will they be mourning?

Jeremiah 8:20 _____________________________________


"And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds." Mark 13:27

15. The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a what?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 ________________________________

"I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south; Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth." Isaiah 43:6

16. As Jesus descends, what is the first thing that will happen?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 _________________________________

17. Then what will happen to the righteous who are alive?

1 Thessalonians 4:17 ___________________________________

18. Where will we meet the Lord?

1 Thessalonians 4:17 ___________________________________

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. " John 14:3

19. Where is the place Jesus has promised to prepare for us?

John 14:2 __________________________________________

20. Where is His Father's house?

Matthew 7:21 ________________________________________

21. So where is our inheritance?

1 Peter 1:4 __________________________________________

"Behold, your reward is great in heaven." Luke 6:23

22. What will be heard as the angels gather together His elect?

Matthew 24:31 _______________________________________

23. Whether alive or asleep, what will happen to all the righteous when the trumpet sounds?

1 Corinthians 15:51 ____________________________________

24. This corruptible will put on what?

1 Corinthians 15:53 ___________________________________

25. This mortal will put on what?

1 Corinthians 15:53 ____________________________________

26. Death will be swallowed up in what?

1 Corinthians 15:54 ____________________________________

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? " 1 Corinthians 15:55

27. What must we do now in order to stand before Him then?

1 John 2:28 __________________________________________

28. What does every man do that has this hope in Him?

1 John 3:3 ___________________________________________

29. What offer does the Lord make to every sinner?

Isaiah 27:5 ___________________________________________


30. Then when Jesus comes, what will we be able to say?

Isaiah 25:9 ____________________________________________


In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that Jesus will come again, not silently or secretly, but with power and

great glory, to take His redeemed ones home.

  • I desire to be ready to meet Jesus, and go to heaven with Him when he comes.

Next Lesson: Preview of the Coming Age

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Jesus Is Always Near

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:17.

I think of the disciples in that sore tempest; the boat labored with strong winds and heavy gales. They have given up their efforts as hopeless, and while the hungry waves talk with death, amid the storm a light form is seen walking upon the foam-capped billows... A voice is heard amid the roar of the tempest, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

Oh, how many in this time of peril , are making a hard pull against a head sea! The moon and stars seem to be hidden by storm clouds, and in despondency and despair, many of us say. "It is no use; our efforts are as nothing. We shall perish. We have toiled at the oars, but without any success." ... Jesus is just as near to us amid scenes of tempest and trial as He was to His followers who were tossed on the Sea of Galilee. We must have calm, steady, firm, unwavering trust in God... We must now have an individual experience in holding fast unto God. Christ is our Captain, that He will take care, not only of us, but of the ship. (the truth)ohc feb 19

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lesson 3, Earth's Final Generation?

1. What is more important for us to discern than the weather?

Matthew 16: 2,3 _____________________________________

2. When asked for signs of the end, what was Jesus' first response?

Matthew 24:3,4 ______________________________________

3. As He began His forecast for the church, after mentioning a few early signs, Jesus

prophesied the destruction of what city?

Luke 21:20 _________________________________________

In less than forty years from the giving of that warning, Jerusalem fell to the
armies of Rome. And just as He had predicted, not one stone of the magnificent temple
was left upon another that was not thrown down.

4. What sign would let Christ's followers know that the desolation of the city was near?

Luke 21:20 __________________________________________

In October A.D. 66, Cestius besieged Jerusalem. The Christians in the city recognized

this as the sign given by Christ. When the Romans suddenly withdrew, the Christians

fled,not one losing his life. Soon Roman armies led by Titus returned, and in A.D. 70, the

city was destroyed. More than a million Jews perished.

5. What terrible experience would follow that event?

Matthew 24: 21 _______________________________________

For the next nearly 250 years the church suffered intense persecution from the

Roman government. Christians were given to wild beast, or smeared with pitch and

lashed to poles to serve as torches for the arena. Three million were martyred for their

faith in Christ.

Then Constantine, realizing that Christianity could not be stamped out, staged a political conversion, and proclaimed Christianity (well mingled with paganism) to be the
official religion of the empire. But the long centuries of enforced religion that followed
produced even more severe religious intolerance which took the lives of more than 50 million people. Not until the opening up of the American continent were Christians finally permitted full liberty of conscience without threat of persecution.

6. What specific signs did Jesus say would be given immediately after the tribulation of those days?

Matthew 24:29

The sun would_________________________________
The moon would________________________________
The stars would________________________________

With the establishment of the United States of America, the center of religious
persecution came to an end. The Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most
famous freedom document of all time, was signed in 1776, stating that "all men
are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." America
opened her doors to all who sought religious freedom, guaranteeing the right of all
to worship according to their own conscience.

Jesus said, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened..."The United States had barely been born when on May 19, 1780 it witnessed what has been remembered in history as the great Dark Day. According to the Boston Gazette, "there was the appearance of midnight at noonday."

The darkness began around 10 a.m. Candles were lighted; animals thought it was night. Connecticut Historical Collections describes the tension in the state legislature where. "a very general opinion prevailed, that the day of judgment was at hand." The post John Greenleaf Whittier called it " a horror of great darkness."

Jesus when on to say,"... And the moon shall not give her light." The Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, referring to the Dark Day, contains this record: "The darkness of the following evening was probably as gross as ever has been observed... If every

luminous body in the universe had been shrouded in impenetrable shades, or struck out of existence, the darkness could not have been more complete. A sheet of white paper held

within a few inches of the eyes was equally invisible with the blankest velvet... This gross darkness held 'til about one o'clock, although the moon had fulled but the day before.

The third sign Jesus mentioned was"... The stars fell from heaven." On November 13, 1833, from 2 a.m. until daylight, the sky all over North America was aflame with meteors. One observer remarked, "It seemed as if the whole starry heavens had congregated at one point

near the zenith, and were simultaneously shooting forth, with the velocity of lightening, to every part of the horizon, and yet they were not exhausted." Astronomer W.J. Fisher, in The Telescope, called it "the most magnificent meteor shower on record."

7. According to Revelation, what natural disaster would occur just before the signs in the sun, moon, and stars?

Revelation 6:12, 13 ________________________________________

One of the most extensively felt earthquakes ever recorded occurred November 1, 1755. Extending over an area of at least four million square miles, it covered the greater part of Europe, Africa, and America. Seventy thousand people were killed. In Lisbon, Portugal
violent shaking lasted for at least six minutes, destroying most of the city. The sea rose

above its ordinary level. Encyclopedia Britannica called it "the most famous of all earthquakes." G.A.Eiby, in About Earthquakes, referred to it as "the greatest earthquake on record."

For more information and documentation on each of the events discussed above, click

Information Booklet "A" entitled, Opening Revelation's Seven Seals.

8. How did Jesus describe the anxiety and trouble that would exist on the earth after these signs?

Luke 21:25 ____________________________________________

9. What effect would the dreadful outlook have upon the people?

Luke 21:25 ____________________________________________

10. According to prophecy, what reason would scoffers give for denying that the end would be

2 Peter 3:3,4 _____________________________________________

11. In the end-time economic collapse, what will happen to money that has been saved up?

James 5:1-3 ______________________________________________

"But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. " 1 Peter 4:7

12. When will this sudden destruction hit?

1 Thessalonians 5:3 _______________________________________

13. List some of the signs of moral deterioration that were predicted to occur in the last days.

2 Timothy 3:2,_____________________________________________

14. What would people love more than God?

2 Timothy 3:4 _______________________________________________

15. What signs would be seen in the church?

2 Timothy 3:5 _______________________________________________

16. To what time are the last days compared?

Luke 17:26 __________________________________________________

17. What was it like in the days of Noah?

Genesis 6:5 ___________________________________________________

18. What about mobility and the extent of knowledge in the last days?

Daniel 12:4 __________________________________________________

19. What did Jesus say we would know when we saw these signs?

Luke 21:31 ___________________________________________________

20. When we see these signs, how near is the kingdom?

Luke 21:32 ___________________________________________________

"Lift up your hands; for your redemption draweth nigh."

21. What would make us unprepared for the end?'

Luke 21:34 ____________________________________________

22. To be prepared, what must we do?

Luke 21:36 ______________________________________________

In the Light of God's Word...

  • I understand that we are living in the final days of earth's history.
  • I desire to prepare my life for the events just ahead.

Next Lesson: How Will the World End?