LET THERE NO ENMITY TWIXT GOD AND US

The carnal mind

Romans 5:6-11(KJV) 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Romans 5:6-11(KJV)
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

“The carnal mind is enmity against God.” Romans 8:7

Suggested Further Reading: Romans 5:6-11

Let me suppose an impossible case for a moment. Let me imagine a man entering heaven without a change of heart. He comes within the gates. He hears a sonnet. He starts! It is to the praise of his enemy. He sees a throne, and on it sits one who is glorious; but it is his enemy. He walks streets of gold, but those streets belong to his enemy. He sees hosts of angels; but those are the servants of his enemy. He is in an enemy’s house; for he is at enmity with God. He could not join the song, for he would not know the tune. There he would stand; silent, motionless; till Christ should say, with a voice louder than ten thousand thunders, “What doest thou here? Enemies at a marriage banquet? Enemies in the children’s house? Enemies in heaven? Get thee gone! Depart ye cursed, into everlasting fire in hell!” Oh! sirs, if the unregenerate man could enter heaven, I mention once more the oft-repeated saying of Whitefield, he would be so unhappy in heaven, that he would ask God to let him run down into hell for shelter. There must be a change, if you consider the future state; for how can enemies to God ever sit down at the banquet of the Lamb? And to conclude, let me remind you—and it is in the text after all—that this change must be worked by a power beyond your own. An enemy may possibly make himself a friend, but enmity cannot. If it be but an adjunct of his nature to be an enemy he may change himself into a friend; but if it is the very essence of his existence to be enmity, positive enmity, enmity cannot change itself. No, there must be something done more than we can accomplish.

For meditation: The Lord Jesus Christ has done for us much more than he commanded his disciples to do for their enemies (Luke 6:27-28).

Sermon no. 20     21 April (Preached 22 April 1855)

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04/19/15 VEIL YEA AMEN

Morning

"Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." Matthew 27:51

“Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”
Matthew 27:51

“Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”
Matthew 27:51

No mean miracle was wrought in the rending of so strong and thick a veil; but it was not intended merely as a display of power–many lessons were herein taught us. The old law of ordinances was put away, and like a worn-out vesture, rent and laid aside. When Jesus died, the sacrifices were all finished, because all fulfilled in him, and therefore the place of their presentation was marked with an evident token of decay. That rent also revealed all the hidden things of the old dispensation: the mercy-seat could now be seen, and the glory of God gleamed forth above it. By the death of our Lord Jesus we have a clear revelation of God, for he was “not as Moses, who put a veil over his face.” Life and immortality are now brought to light, and things which have been hidden since the foundation of the world are manifest in him. The annual ceremony of atonement was thus abolished. The atoning blood which was once every year sprinkled within the veil, was now offered once for all by the great High Priest, and therefore the place of the symbolical rite was broken up. No blood of bullocks or of lambs is needed now, for Jesus has entered within the veil with his own blood. Hence access to God is now permitted, and is the privilege of every believer in Christ Jesus. There is no small space laid open through which we may peer at the mercy-seat, but the rent reaches from the top to the bottom. We may come with boldness to the throne of the heavenly grace. Shall we err if we say that the opening of the Holy of Holies in this marvellous manner by our Lord’s expiring cry was the type of the opening of the gates of paradise to all the saints by virtue of the Passion? Our bleeding Lord hath the key of heaven; he openeth and no man shutteth; let us enter in with him into the heavenly places, and sit with him there till our common enemies shall be made his footstool.

Evening

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“The Amen.”
Revelation 3:14

The word Amen solemnly confirms that which went before; and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable, forever is “the Amen” in all his promises. Sinner, I would comfort thee with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If you come to him, he will say “Amen” in your soul; his promise shall be true to you. He said in the days of his flesh, “The bruised reed I will not break.” O thou poor, broken, bruised heart, if thou comest to him, he will say “Amen” to thee, and that shall be true in thy soul as in hundreds of cases in bygone years. Christian, is not this very comforting to thee also, that there is not a word which has gone out of the Saviour’s lips which he has ever retracted? The words of Jesus shall stand when heaven and earth shall pass away. If thou gettest a hold of but half a promise, thou shalt find it true. Beware of him who is called “Clip-promise,” who will destroy much of the comfort of God’s word.

Jesus is Yea and Amen in all his offices. He was a Priest to pardon and cleanse once, he is Amen as Priest still. He was a King to rule and reign for his people, and to defend them with his mighty arm, he is an Amen King, the same still. He was a Prophet of old, to foretell good things to come, his lips are most sweet, and drop with honey still–he is an Amen Prophet. He is Amen as to the merit of his blood; he is Amen as to his righteousness. That sacred robe shall remain most fair and glorious when nature shall decay. He is Amen in every single title which he bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death’s dark vale; your Help and your Deliverer; your Castle and your High Tower; the Horn of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and your Yea and Amen in all.

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Have you passed from death to life by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:24)

Spiritual resurrection

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Ephesians 2:1

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Ephesians 2:1

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”Ephesians 2:1

Suggested Further Reading: Colossians 2:9-14

Does it not seem a strange thing, that you, who have walked to this place this morning, shall be carried to your graves; that the eyes with which you now behold me shall soon be glazed in everlasting darkness; that the tongues, which just now moved in song, shall soon be silent lumps of clay; and that your strong and stalwart frame, now standing in this place, will soon be unable to move a muscle, and become a loathsome thing, the brother of the worm and the sister of corruption? You can scarcely get hold of the idea; death does such awful work with us, it is such a vandal with this mortal fabric, it so rends to pieces this fair thing that God has built up, that we can scarcely bear to contemplate his works of ruin. Now, endeavour, as well as you can, to get the idea of a dead corpse, and when you have done so, please to understand, that this is the metaphor employed in my text, to set forth the condition of your soul by nature. Just as the body is dead, incapable, unable, unfeeling, and soon about to become corrupt and putrid, so are we if we be unquickened by divine grace; dead in trespasses and sins, having within us death, which is capable of developing itself in worse and worse stages of sin and wickedness, until all of us here, left by God’s grace, should become loathsome beings; loathsome through sin and wickedness, even as the corpse through natural decay. Understand, that the doctrine of the Holy Scripture is, that man by nature, since the fall, is dead; he is a corrupt and ruined thing; in a spiritual sense, utterly and entirely dead. And if any of us shall come to spiritual life, it must be by the quickening of God’s Spirit, given to us sovereignly through the good will of God the Father, not for any merits of our own, but entirely of his own abounding and infinite grace.

For meditation: Have you passed from death to life by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:24)? Better to be a nobody alive in Christ than a king dead in trespasses and sins (Ecclesiastes 9:4).

Sermon no. 127    12 April (Easter 1857)

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ARE YOU COVERED?

Christ set forth as a propitiation

1 PETER 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

‘Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood.’ Romans 3:24–25

Suggested Further Reading: Exodus 25:17–22

God has set forth Christ as being a propitiation. The Greek word ishilasterion which, being translated, may mean a mercy seat or a covering. Now God has said to the sinner, ‘Do you desire to meet me? Would you be no longer my enemy? Would you tell me your sorrows? Would you receive my blessing? Would you establish a commerce between your Creator and your soul? I set forth Christ to you as being the mercy seat, where I can meet with you and you can meet with me.’ Or take the word as signifying a covering; as the mercy seat covered the tables of the law, and so covered that which was the cause of divine anger, because we had broken his commandment. ‘Would you have anything which can cover your sin? Cover it from me your God, so that I need not be provoked to anger; cover it from you so that you need not be cowed with excessive fear, and tremble to approach me as you did when I came in thunders and lightnings upon Sinai? Would you have a shelter which shall hide altogether your sins and your iniquities? I set it forth to you in the person of my bleeding Son. Trust in his blood, and your sin is covered from my eyes; it shall be covered from your own eyes too; and being justified by faith, you shall have peace with God through Jesus Christ your Lord.’ O that we may have grace to accept now what God the Father sets forth! The Romish priest sets forth this and that; our own Romish hearts set forth such-and-such-another thing; but God sets forth Christ. The preacher of doctrine sets forth a dogma; the preacher of experience sets forth a feeling; the preacher of practice often sets forth an effort; but God puts before you Christ. ‘There I will meet with thee.’

For meditation: Christ is the only propitiation that God in his mercy will accept as a covering for our sin (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Have you accepted him too, or are you still trying to bodge your own cover-up job? It won’t work (Genesis 3:7–9).

Sermon no. 373   29 March (Good Friday 1861)

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WHO IS THE “ONE” WE CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON?

God is faithful to those who love him

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Someone to count on

Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love him and obey his commands.

Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT
The love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments.

Psalm 103:17-18 NLT
The Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 NLT

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 NLT

About this week’s promise

“You can count on me—I will never let you down.” That is faithfulness. Husbands and wives vow on their wedding day to be faithful to one another, devoted and committed to one another in all area of marriage. It is a vow to bewith one’s mate, to stay with one’s mate, and to build upone’s mate. Again and again throughout the Bible, God holds faithfulness up as one of his foundational qualities and a foundation quality he expects from his people. There is nothing like the faithfulness of a mate, friends and family, and God to build our sense of security.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

THE LORD-THE LIBERATOR

King James Version

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And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Read at Bible Gateway    Read all of Luke 1

The Lord—the Liberator

‘The Lord looseth the prisoners.’ Psalm 146:7

Suggested Further Reading: Psalm 107:10–16

When preaching last Tuesday in Dover, the mayor of the town very courteously lent the ancient town hall for the service, and in passing along to reach a private entrance, I noticed a large number of grated windows upon a lower level than the great hall. These belonged to the prison cells where persons committed for offences within the jurisdiction of the borough were confined. It at once struck me as a singular combination, that we should be preaching the gospel of liberty in the upper chamber, while there were prisoners of the law beneath us. Perhaps when we sang praises to God, the prisoners, like those who were in the same jail with Paul and Silas, heard us; but the free word above did not give them liberty, nor did the voice of song loose their bonds. Alas! what a picture is this of many in our congregations. We preach liberty to the captives; we proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord; but how many remain year after year in the bondage of Satan, slaves to sin. We send up our notes of praise right joyously to our Father who is in heaven, but our praises cannot give them joy, for alas! their hearts are unused to gratitude. Some of them are mourning on account of unpardoned sin, and others are deploring their blighted hopes, for they have looked for comfort where it is never to be found. Let us breathe a prayer this morning, ‘Lord, break the fetters, and set free the captives. Glorify thyself this morning by proving thyself to be Jehovah, who ‘looseth the prisoners’.’

For meditation: Dover Old Town Gaol is now a prison museum. Spurgeon’s allegorical guided tour of Victorian and earlier prisons included the common prison (sin), the solitary cell (penitence), the silent cell (prayerlessness), the cell of ignorance (unbelief), the ball and chain (habit), the hard labour room (self-righteousness), the low dungeon (despondency), the inner prison (despair), the torture chamber (Satanic temptation) and the condemned cell (self-condemnation). Are you in spiritual prison? Christ was sent to set the prisoners free (Isaiah 42:7; 61:1;Luke 4:18; John 8:36), but nothing can be done for those who choose to stay in prison.

Sermon no. 484   14 December (1862)

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THE RIGHT HAND

John 20:17(KJV) 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

John 20:17(KJV)
17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Morning

“I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
Job 19:25

The marrow of Job’s comfort lies in that little word “My”–“My Redeemer,” and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in him before we can enjoy him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru, and beg their bread in California. It is gold in my purse which will satisfy my necessities, by purchasing the bread I need. So a Redeemer who does not redeem me, an avenger who will never stand up for my blood, of what avail were such? Rest not content until by faith you can say “Yes, I cast myself upon my living Lord; and he is mine.” It may be you hold him with a feeble hand; you half think it presumption to say, “He lives as my Redeemer;” yet, remember if you have but faith as a grain of mustard seed, that little faith entitles you to say it. But there is also another word here, expressive of Job’s strong confidence, “I know.” To say, “I hope so, I trust so” is comfortable; and there are thousands in the fold of Jesus who hardly ever get much further. But to reach the essence of consolation you must say, “I know.” Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murderers of peace and comfort. Doubts are dreary things in times of sorrow. Like wasps they sting the soul! If I have any suspicion that Christ is not mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if I know that Jesus lives for me, then darkness is not dark: even the night is light about me. Surely if Job, in those ages before the coming and advent of Christ, could say, “I know,” we should not speak less positively. God forbid that our positiveness should be presumption. Let us see that our evidences are right, lest we build upon an ungrounded hope; and then let us not be satisfied with the mere foundation, for it is from the upper rooms that we get the widest prospect. A living Redeemer, truly mine, is joy unspeakable.

 

Evening

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“Who is even at the right hand of God.”
Romans 8:34

He who was once despised and rejected of men, now occupies the honourable position of a beloved and honoured Son. The right hand of God is the place of majesty and favour. Our Lord Jesus is his people’s representative. When he died for them, they had rest; he rose again for them, they had liberty; when he sat down at his Father’s right hand, they had favour, and honour, and dignity. The raising and elevation of Christ is the elevation, the acceptance, and enshrinement, the glorifying of all his people, for he is their head and representative. This sitting at the right hand of God, then, is to be viewed as the acceptance of the person of the Surety, the reception of the Representative, and therefore, the acceptance of our souls. O saint, see in this thy sure freedom from condemnation. “Who is he that condemneth?” Who shall condemn the men who are in Jesus at the right hand of God?

The right hand is the place of power. Christ at the right hand of God hath all power in heaven and in earth. Who shall fight against the people who have such power vested in their Captain? O my soul, what can destroy thee if Omnipotence be thy helper? If the aegis of the Almighty cover thee, what sword can smite thee? Rest thou secure. If Jesus is thine all-prevailing King, and hath trodden thine enemies beneath his feet; if sin, death, and hell are all vanquished by him, and thou art represented in him, by no possibility canst thou be destroyed.

“Jesu’s tremendous name

Puts all our foes to flight:

Jesus, the meek, the angry Lamb,

A Lion is in fight.

“By all hell’s host withstood;

We all hell’s host o’erthrow;

And conquering them, through Jesu’s blood

We still to conquer go.”

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NOT IN MY FEEBLE STRENGTH, BUT CHRIST JESUS

JESUS IS OUR STRENGTH

2 Chronicles 16:9      http://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/2Chr.16.9

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”

Dear Lord: Forgive me of my sins.  I repent of being disobedient and allowing myself fall to doubtful mindset I have had.  Thank you for not giving up on me and for your mercy and grace.  I dislike when I am at war within myself; because it puts distance between the Holy Spirit, You and Jesus.  Thank you for your eternal love and discipline.  YOU love as only a True and Holy Father could.  Praise you Father. Please bring Serene home Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Psalm 119:105 NIV     http://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Ps.119.124-Ps.119.126

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ”

Acts 10:36      http://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Acts.10.36

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Psalm 119:124-126     http://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Ps.119.124-Ps.119.126

124 Deal with your servant according to your love
and teach me your decrees.
125 I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
your law is being broken.

Prayer:  Thank you Father for your love and mercy.  Hear my prayer oh Lord, that my heart be purified in your eyes.  May you find me righteous because of nothing I have done or said; but because of the Shed Blood of Jesus Christ. I pray Father for your daily guidance by your Holy Spirit and for continued discernment in my daily walk with you.  Again, I ask you Father, please bring Serene home to us Father.  We miss him and love him. Please hear my plea and keep him safe and guarded by your angel.  Thank you for hearing your child Father. In Jesus name. Amen

 

GOD’S PERFECT PEACE/CHARLES SPURGEON

PEACE

Where do you find peace?

“A child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!”

Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Isaiah 26:3 NLT

I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give you isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 14:27 NLT

Peace is a person

“His peace of mind came not from building on the future but from resting in what he called “the holy Present.”

C.S. Lewis on George Macdonald1

If you were navigating in strange waters or tracking through the wilderness, you would feel at peace with a competent navigator. As we move through spiritual territory that’s frightening, new to us, or full of trouble, what a comfort and support to have the Lord God, creator of peace, walking with us. He knows the way!

A Sermon
(No. 49)Delivered on Sabbath Morning, November 4, 1855, by the
REV. C. H. Spurgeon
At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.


“Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen,”—Romans 15:33.

AUL ONCE ADVISED the Romans to strive. Three verses before our text he actually gives them an exhortation to strive, and yet he here utters a prayer that the God of peace might be with them all. Lest you should think him to be a man of strife, you must read the verse. He says: “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.” That is a holy strife, and such a strife as that we wish always to see in the church, a strife in prayer, a surrounding the throne together, besieging God’s mercy seat, a crying out before God, until it actually amounts to a striving together in our prayers. There is also another kind of striving which is allowed in the church, and that is striving earnestly after the best gifts: a sweet contention which of us shall excel all others in love, in duty, and in faith. May God send us more strife of that kind in our churches, a strife in prayer, a strife in duty; and when we have mentioned these strifes we find them of so peaceable a kind that we come back to the benediction of our text: “Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” Without any preface, we shall consider, first, the title—”the God of peace;” and secondly, the benediction—”the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”
    I. First of all, the title. Mars amongst the heathens was called the god of war; Janus was worshipped in periods of strife and bloodshed; but our God Jehovah styles himself not the God of war, but the God of peace. Although he permits ware in this world, sometimes for necessary and useful purposes; although he superintends them, and has even styled himself the Lord, mighty in battle, yet his holy mind abhors bloodshed and strife; his gracious spirit loves not to see men slaughtering one another, he is emphatically, solely, and entirely, and without reserve, “the God of peace.” Peace is his delight; “peace on earth and goodwill towards men.” Peace in heaven (for that purpose he expelled the angels): peace throughout his entire universe, is his highest wish and his greatest delight.
    If you consider God in the trinity of his persons for a few moments, you will see that in each—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—the title is apt and correct, “the God of peace.” There is God the everlasting Father, he is the God of peace, for he from all eternity planned the great covenant of peace, whereby he might bring rebels nigh unto him, and make strangers and foreigners fellow-heirs with the saints, and joint-heirs with his Son Christ Jesus. He is the God of peace, for he justifies, and thereby implants peace in the soul, he accepted Christ, and, as the God of peace, he brought him again from the dead; and he ordained peace, peace eternal with his children, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; he is the God of peace. So is Jesus Christ, the second person, the God of peace for “he is our peace who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” He makes peace between God and man. His blood sprinkled on the fiery wrath of God turned it to love, or rather that which must have broken forth in wrath, though it was love for ever, was allowed to display itself in loving-kindness through the wondrous mediatorship of Jesus Christ; and he is the God of peace because he makes peace in the conscience and in the heart. When he says, “Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden “he gives “rest,” and with that rest he gives; the peace of God which passeth all understanding,” which keeps our heart and mind. He is moreover the God of peace in the Church, for wherever Jesus Christ dwells, he creates a holy peace. As in the case of Aaron of old, the ointment poured upon the head of Christ trickles down to the very skirts of his garments, and thereby he gives peace,—peace by the fruit of the lips, and peace by the fruit of the heart, unto all them that love Jesus Christ in sincerity. So is the Holy Ghost the God of peace. He of old brought peace, when chaotic matter yeas in confusion, by the brooding of his wings: he caused order to appear where once there was nothing but darkness and chaos. So in dark chaotic souls he is the God of peace. When winds from the mountains of Sinai, and gusts from the pit of hell sweep across the distressed soul; when, wandering about for rest, our soul fainteth within us, he speaks peace to our troubles, and gives rest to our spirits. When by earthly cares we are tossed about, like the sea-bird, up and down, up and down, from the base of the wave to the billows’ crown, he says, “Peace be still.” He it is who on the Sabbath-day brings his people into a state of serenity, and bids them enjoy

“That holy calm, that sweet repose
Which none but he that feels it knows.”
And he shall be the God of peace when at life’s latest hour he shall still the current of Jordan, shall hush all the howlings of the fiends, shall give us peace with God through Jesus Christ, and land us safe in heaven. Blessed Trinity! however we consider thee, whether as Father, Son, or Holy Ghost, still is thy name thrice well deserved, the God of peace, and the God of love.
    Let us now enter into the subject, and see wherein God is a God of peace. We remark that he is the God of peace, for he created peace originally. He is the God of peace, for he is the restorer of it; though wars have broken out through sin. He is the God of peace, because he preserves peace when it is made; and he is the God of peace because he shall ultimately perfect and consummate peace between all his creatures and himself. Thus he is the God of peace.
    First of all, he is the God of peace because he created nothing but peace. Go back in your imagination to the time when the majestic Father stepped from his solitude and commenced the work of creation. Picture to yourself the moment when he speaks the word and the first matter is formed. Before that time there had been neither space, nor time, nor aught existing, save himself. He speaks and it is done, he commands and it stands fast. Behold him scattering from his mighty hands stars as numerous as the sparks from an anvil. Witness how by his word worlds are fashioned, and ponderous orbs roll through that immensity which first of all he had decreed to be their dwelling place. Lift up now your eyes and behold these great things which he has created already, let the wings of your fancy carry you through the immensity of space and the vast profound, and see if you can discover anywhere the least sign or trace of war. Go through it from the north even to the south, from the east even unto the west, and mark well if ye can discover one sign of discord; whether there is not one universal harmony, whether everything is not lovely, pure, and of good report. See if in the great harp of nature, there is one string which when touched by its Maker’s finger giveth forth discord, see if the pipes of this great organ God has made do not all play harmoniously, mark ye well, and note it. Are there bulwarks formed for war? Are there spears and swords? Are there clarions and trumpets? Hath God created any material with which to destroy his creatures and desolate his realms? No; everything is peaceable above, beneath, and all around; all is peace, there is nothing else but calm and quietness. Hark when he makes the angels. He speaks—winged seraphs fly abroad, and cherubs flash through the air on wings of fire. He speaks, and multitudes of angels in their various hierarchies are brought forth, while Jesus Christ as a mighty Prince of angels is decreed to be their head. Is there now in any one of those angels one sign of sorrow? When God made them did he make one of them to be his enemy? Did he fashion one of them with the least implacability or ill-will within his bosom? Ask the shining cohorts, and they tell you, “We were not made for war, but for peace. He has not fashioned us spirits of battle, but spirits of love, and joy, and quietness.” And if they sinned, he made them not to sin. They did so; they brought woe into the world of their own accord. God created no war. The evil angel brought it first. Left to his free will, he fell. The elect angels being confirmed by grace, stood fast and firm; but God was not the author of any war, or any strife. Satan of himself conceived the rebellion, but God was not the author of it. He may from all eternity have foreseen it, and it may even be said in some sense that he ordained it to manifest his justice and his glory, and to show his mercy and sovereignty in redeeming man; but God had no hand in it whatsoever. The Eternal abjures war; he was not the author of it. Satan led the van, that morning star who sang together with the rest, fell of himself, God was not the author of his confusion, but the author of eternal and blessed order. Look, too at God in the creation of this world. Go into the garden of Eden: walk up and down its bowers; recline under its trees, and partake of its fruits. Roam through the entire world. Sit down by the sea-shore, or stretch yourself upon the mountain. Do you see the least sign of war? Nothing like it. There is nothing of tumult and of noise no preparation of destruction. See Adam and Eve: their days are perpetual sunshine, their nights are balmy evenings of sweet repose. God has put nothing in their hearts which can disturb them; he has no ill will towards them, but on the contrary, he walks with them in the evening under the trees in the cool of the day. He condescends to talk with his creatures, and hold fellowship with them. He is in no sense whatever the author of the present confusion in this world; that was brought about by our first parents through the temptation of the evil one. God did not create this world for strife. When he first fashioned it, peace, peace, peace, was the universal order of the day. May there come a time when peace once more shall be restored to this great earth, and tranquility to this world! Do you not observe that God is the God of peace because he created it originally? When he pronounced his creation “very good,” it was entirely without the slightest exception, a peaceful creation. God is the God of peace.
    But, secondly, he is the God of peace because he restores it. Nothing shows a man to be much fonder of peace than when he seeks to make peace between others; or, when others have offended him, he endeavors to make peace between himself and them. If I should be able at all times to maintain peace with myself, and should never provoke a quarrel, I should of course be considered a peaceful spirit, but if other persons choose to quarrel and disagree with me, and I desire and purposely set to work to bring about a reconciliation, then everyone says I am a man of peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they are the children of God.” God is the great Peacemaker; and thus he is indeed the God of peace. When Satan fell, there was war in heaven. God made peace there, for he smote Satan and cast him and all his rebel hosts into eternal fire. He made peace by his might and power and majesty, for he drove him out of heaven, and expelled him by his flaming brand, never again to pollute the sacred floor of bliss, and never more to endanger Paradise by misleading his peers in heaven. So he made peace in heaven by his power. But when man fell, God made peace not by his power, but by his mercy. Man transgresses. Poor man! Mark how God goes after him to make peace with him! “Adam, where art thou?” Adam never said “God, where art thou?” But God came after Adam, and he seemed to say with a voice of affection and pity, “Adam, poor Adam, where art thou? Hast thou become a God? The evil spirit said thou wouldst be a God, art thou so? Where art thou now poor Adam? Thou wast once in holiness and perfection, where art thou now?” And he saw the truant Adam running away from his Master, running away from the great Peacemaker, to hide himself beneath the trees of the garden. Again God calls, “Adam, where art thou?” But he says, “I heard thy voice in the midst of the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” And God says, “Who told thee that thou wast naked?” How kind it is. You can see he is a Peacemaker even then; but when after having cursed the serpent, and sent the cursed obliquely on the ground, he comes to talk to Adam, you see him as the Peacemaker still more. “I will,” said he, “put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” There he was making peace through the blood of the cross. Do not conceive, however that that was the first preparation of peace God ever made. That was the first display of it, but he had been making peace from all eternity. Through the covenant he made with Jesus Christ from all eternity, God’s people were at peace with God. Although God saw that man shall fall; though he foresaw that his elect would with the rest depart from rectitude, and become his enemies, yet he did long before the fall draw up a covenant with Jesus, wherein Jesus stipulated that he would pay the debts of all his people, and the Father on their behalf did actually and positively forgive their sins, and justify their persons, take away their guilt, acquit them, accept and receive them unto peace with him. Though that was never developed until the fall, and though to each of us it is not known until we believe, yet there was always peace between God and the elect. I must tell you a tale of a poor bricklayer who met with an accident, and every one thought he was going to die, and he did die. A clergyman said to him, “My poor fellow, I am afraid you will die. Try to make your peace with God.” With tears in his eyes, he looked the clergyman in the face, and said, “Make my peace with God, sir? I thank God that was made for me in the eternal covenant by Jesus Christ, long before I was born.” So beloved, it was. There was a peace, a perfect peace which God made with his Son. Jesus was not our ambassador merely, but he was our peace; not the maker of peace merely, butour peace; and since there was a Christ before all worlds, there was peace before all worlds. Since there always will be a Christ, so there always will be peace between God and all those interested in the covenant. Oh, if we can but feel we are in the covenant, if we know we are numbered with the chosen race, and purchased with redeeming blood, then we can rejoice, because God has been to us the Restorer of breaches, the Builder of cities to dwell in, and hath given us peace which once we lost; he is the Restorer of peace.
    Thirdly, he is the preserver of peace. Whenever I see peace in the world, I ascribe it to God, and if it is continued, I shall always believe it is because God interferes to prevent war. So combustible are the materials of which this great world is made, that I am ever apprehensive of war. I do not account it wonderful that one nation should strive against another, I account if far more wonderful that they are not all at arms. Whence come wars and fightings? Come they not from your lusts? Considering how much lust there is in the world, we might well conceive that there would be more war than we see. Sin is the mother of wars; and remembering how plentiful sin is, we need not marvel if it brings forth multitudes of them. We may look for them. If the coming of Christ be indeed drawing nigh, then we must expect wars and rumors of wars through all the nations of the earth; but when peace is preserved, we consider it to be through the immediate interposition of God. If then we desire peace between nations, let us seek it of God, who is the great Pacificator; but there is an inward peace which God alone can keep. Am I at peace with myself, with the world, and with my Maker? Oh! if I want to retain that peace, God alone can preserve it. I know there are some people who once enjoyed peace, who do not possess it now. Some of you once had confidence in God, but may have lost it; you once thought yourselves to be in a glorious state from which now you seem to have somewhat departed. Beloved, no one can maintain peace in the heart but God, as he is the only one who can put it there. Some people talk about doubts and fears and seem to think they are very allowable. I have heard some say, “Well a sailor in the sunshine knows his reckoning, and can tell where he is, he has no doubt; but if the sun withdraws, he cannot tell his longitude and latitude, and he knows not where he is.” That is not however a fair description of faith. Always wanting the sun is wanting to live by sight; but living by faith is to say, “I cannot tell my longitude and my latitude, but I know the Captain is at the helm, and I will trust him everywhere.” But still you cannot keep in that peaceful state of mind unless you have God in the vessel to help you to smile at the storm. We can be peaceful at times, but if God goes away, how we begin quarrelling with ourselves! God alone can preserve peace. Backslider! hast thou lost it? Go and seek it again of God. Christian! is thy peace marred? Go to God, and he can say to every doubt, “tie down doubt,” and to every fear, “Begone.”—He can speak to every wind that can blow across thy soul, and can say, “Peace, be still; “for he is the God of peace, since he preserves it. Trust in him.
    Fourthly, God is the God of peace because he shall perfect and consummate it at last. There is war in the world now; there is an evil spirit walking to and fro, a restless being, eager, like a lion to devour, walking through dry places, seeking rest and finding none; and there are men bewitched by that evil spirit who are at war with God, and at war with one another; but there is a time coming—let us wait a little longer—when there shall be peace on earth and peace throughout all God’s dominions. In a few more years we do look for a lasting and perpetual peace on earth. Perhaps, to-morrow, Jesus Christ, the Son of God will come again, without a sin offering unto salvation. We know not either the day or the hour wherein the Son of man shall come; but by-and-bye he shall descend from heaven with a shout, and with the noise of a trumpet; he shall come, but not as once he came, a lowly and humble man, but a glorious and exalted monarch. Then he will cause wars to cease. From that day forth and for ever they will hang the useless helm on high, and study war no more; the lion shall lie down with the kid and eat straw like the ox; the cockatrice and the serpent shall lose their hurtful powers; the weaned child shall lead the lion and the leopard, each one by his beard with his little hands. The day is coming, and that speedily, when there shall not be found on earth a single man who hates his brother, but when each one shall find in every other a brother and a friend; and we shall be able to say, as the old poet did, but in a larger sense, “I know not that there is one Englishman alive with whom I am one jot at odds more than the infant that is born to-night.” We shall all be united; rationalities will be levelled, because made into one, and the Lord Jesus Christ shall be king of the entire earth. After that time shall come the consummation of peace, when the last great day shall have passed away, and the righteous have been severed from the wicked, when the monster battle of Armageddon shall have been fought and won when all the righteous shall have been gathered into heaven, and the lost sent down to hell. Where will be the room for the battle then? Look at the foemen, bruised and mangled in the pit, perpetually howling, the victims of God’s vengence; there is no fear of war from them. There is Satan himself, crest-fallen, bruised battered, slain; his head is broken; there he lies despoiled a king without his crown; there can be no fear of war from him; and mark the angels, who were once under his supremacy, can they arise? No; they writhe in tortures, and bite their iron bands in misery; they have no power to lift a lance against the God of heaven; and look on sinful man, condemned for his sin to dwell with those fallen being; can he again provoke his Maker? Will he again blaspheme? Can he oppose the gospel? No, injured in dungeons of hot iron, there he is, an abject, ruined spirit; ten thousand times ten thousand lost and perished sinners are there; but could all unite in solemn league and covenant to break the bands of death and sever the laws of justice, he that sitteth in the heavens would laugh at them, the Lord would have them in derision. Peace is consummated because the enemy is crushed. They look up yonder; there is no fear of war from those bright spirits; the angels cannot fall now; their period of probation is passed for ever, a second Satan shall never drag with him a third part of the stars of heaven; no angel will totter any more, and the ransomed spirits, blood-bought, and washed in the fountain of Jesu’s blood, will never fall again. Universal peace is come, the olive branch hath outlived the laurel the sword is sheathed, the banners are furled, the stains of blood are washed out of the world; again it moves in its orb, and sings like its sister stars; but the one song is peace, for the God who made it is the God of peace.
    II. Now we come to the benediction. “The God of peace be with you all.” I am not about to address you concerning that inward peace which rests in the heart. I am sure I wish above all things that you may always enjoy a peace with your conscience, and be at peace with God. May you always know that you have the blood of Jesus to plead, that you have his righteousness to cover you, that you have his atonement to satisfy for you, and that there is nothing which can hurt you; but I wish to address you as a church, and exhort you to peace.
    First, I will remind you that there is great need to pray this prayer for you all, because there are enemies to peace always lurking in all societies. Petrarch says there are five great enemies to peace—avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. I shall alter them a little, but use the same number. Instead of avarice I shall commence with error. One of the greatest means of destroying peace is error. Error in doctrine leads to the most lamentable consequences with regard to the peace of the church. I have noticed that the greatest failings out have been among those who are most erroneous in doctrine. Though I admit that some called Calvinists are the most quarrelsome set breathing, this is the reason—while they have the main part of the truth, many of them are leaving out something important, and therefore God chastices them because they are some of his best children. It may be a sign of life that they are so eager after truth, that they kill one another in order to get it; but I wish they would leave off their quarrelling for it is a disgrace to our religion. If they had more peace I might hope better for the progress of truth. Everyone says to me—”Look there at your brethren! I never saw such a set of cut-throats in my life. I never saw a church, where they have the gospel, where they are not always falling out.” Well, that is nearly the truth, and I am ashamed to confess it. I pray God, however, to send a little more peace where he has sent the gospel. There are, however, strifes among our opponents which we do not see. The bishop uses his strong hand, and the people dare not disagree; the pastor has such power and authority, that the crush of his mailed hand is sufficient to put down everything because there is no freedom. Now, I would rather have a row in the church than have the members all asleep. I would rather have them falling to ears than sitting down in indifference. You never expect dead churches to have strife, but where there is a little life, if there is error, it always begets strife. What is the most litigious denomination now existing? No one would have a difficulty in pointing to our excellent friends the Wesleyans, for just at this moment they are quarrelling and finding fault with one another, splitting up into numberless sections, and making reformed churches, and so on. What is the cause of it? Because they are in the wrong track altogether with regard to church government, and with regard to some other things. John Wesley was a good man at making churches, I dare say; but he did not understand what the church ought to be in these days. He might do for a hundred years ago but he bound his poor followers too tightly, and now they are trying to break out into freedom and liberty. If they had been right at first they might have gone on, and a thousand years would not have spoiled their system. It would have done now as well as then. Error is the root of bitterness in the church. Give us sound doctrine, sound practice, sound church government, and you will find that the God of peace will be with us. My brethren, seek to uproot error out of your own hearts. If one of you do not really believe the great cardinal doctrines of the gospel, I beseech you, then, for the good of the church to leave it, for we want those who love the truth.
    The next enemy to peace is ambition. “Diotrephes loveth to have the pre-eminence,” and that fellow has spoiled many a happy church. A man does not want, perhaps, to be pre-eminent, but then he is afraid that another should be, and so he would have him put down. Thus brethren are finding fault, they are afraid that such an one will go too fast, and that such another will go too fast. The best way is to try to go as fast as he does. It is of no use finding fault because some may have a little pre-eminence. After all, what is the pre-eminence. It is the pre-eminence of one little animalcule over another. Look in a drop of water. One of these little fellows is five times as big as another, but we never think of that. I dare say he is very large, and thinks, “I have the pre-eminence inside my drop.” But he does not think the people of Park Street ever talk about him. So we live in this little drop of the world, not much bigger in God’s esteem than a drop of the bucket, and one of us seems a little larger than the other, a worm a little above his fellow worm; but, O how big we get! and we want to get a little bigger, to get a little more prominent but what is the use of it? for when we get ever so big we shall then be so small teat an angel would not find us out if God did not tell him where we were. Whoever heard up in heaven anything about emperors and kings? Small tiny insects: God can see the animalculae, therefore he can see us, but if he had not an eye to see the most minute he would never discover us. O may we never get ambition in this church. The best ambition is, who shall be the servant of all. The strangers seek to have dominion, but children seek to let the father have dominion, and the father only.
    The next enemy to peace is anger. There are some individuals in the world that cannot help getting angry very quickly. They grow on a sudden very wrathful; while others who are not passionate, who take a longer time to be angry, are fearful enough when they do speak. Others who dare not speak at all, are worse still, for they get brewing their anger.”Nursing their wrath to keep it warm.”
They go into a sulky fit, disagreeing with everybody, eternally grumbling; they are like dogs in the flock—only barking, and yielding no fleece. O that nasty anger! If it gets into the church it will split it to pieces. Somehow or other we cannot help getting angry sometimes. O that we could come into the church and leave ourselves behind us! There is nobody I should like to run away from half so much as from myself. Try, beloved, to curb your tempers; and when you do not exactly see with another brother, do not think it necessary to knock him on the eyes to make him see, that is the worst thing in all the world to do, he will not see any the better for it, for”The man convinced against his will,
Is of the same opinion still.”
    Then envy is another fearful evil. One minister, perhaps, is envious of another, because one church is full and the other not. How can teachers agree in the Sunday-school if there is any envy there? How can church members agree if envy creeps in? One member thinks another is thought more highly of than he deserves. Why, beloved, you are all too much thought of; but, after all, it does not matter what you are thought of by man, it only matters what God thinks of you—and God thinks as much of Little-faith as of Great-heart; he thinks as much of Mrs. Despondency as of Christiana herself. Drive, then, that “green-eyed monster” away, and keep him at a distance.
    Again, there is pride, which gives rise to ill-feeling and bad blood. Instead of being affable to one another, and “condescending to men of low estate,” we want that every punctilio of respect should be given to us, that we should be made lords and masters. That I am sure can never exist in a peaceable church.
    Here, then, are our five great enemies. I would I could see the execution of them all Banish them, transport them for ever, send them away amongst lions and tigers; we do not want any of them amongst us; but though I thus speak, it is not because I conceive that any of these have thoroughly crept in amongst you, but because I would have kept them away. I am most jealous in this matter. I am always afraid of the slightest contention, and I desire the God of peace to be ever with us.
    Now let me briefly show you the appropriateness of this prayer. We indeed ought to have peace amongst ourselves. Joseph said to his brethren when they were going home to his father’s house, “See that ye fall not out by the way.” There was something extremely beautiful in that exhortation. “See that ye fall not out by the way.” Ye have all one father, ye are of one family. Let men of two nations disagree; but you are of the seed of Israel, you are of one tribe and nation; your home is in one heaven. “See that ye fall not out by the way.” The way is rough; there are enemies to stop you. See that if ye fall out when ye get home, ye do not fall out by the way Keep together; stand by one another, defend each other’s character, manifest continual affection, for recollect you will want it all. The world hateth you because you are not of the world. Oh! you must take care that you love one another. You are all going to the same house. You may disagree here, and not speak to one another, and be almost ashamed to sit at the same table even at the sacrament; but you will all have to sit together in heaven. Therefore do not fall out by the way. Consider, again, the great mercies you have all shared together. You are all pardoned, you are all accepted, elected, justified, sanctified, and adopted. See that ye fall not out when ye have so many mercies, when God has given you so much. Joseph has filled your sacks, but if he has put some extra thing into Benjamin’s sack, do not quarrel with Benjamin about that, but rather rejoice because your sacks are full. You have all got enough, you are all secure, you have all been dismissed with a blessing, and, therefore, I say once more, “See that ye fall not out by the way.”
    Now, dear brethren is there anything I can plead with you this morning, in order that you may always dwell in peace and love? God has happily commenced a blessed revival amongst us, and under our means, by the help of God, that revival will spread through the entire kingdom. We have seen that “the word of the Lord is quick and powerful.” We know that there is nothing that can stop the progress of his kingdom, and there is nothing that can impede your success as a church except this. If the unhappy day should arrive—let the day be accursed when it does come—when you amongst yourselves should disagree, there would be a stop to the building of the Lord’s house at once, when those that carry the trowel and bear the spears do not stand side by side, then the work of God must tarry. It is sad to think how much our glorious cause has been impeded by the different failings out amongst the disciples of the Lamb. We have loved one another, brethren, up till now, with a true heart and fervently and I am not afraid but that we shall always do so. At the same time, I am jealous over you, lest there should come in by any possibility any root of bitterness to trouble you. Let us this morning throw around you the bands of a man, let us unite you together with a three-fold cord that cannot be broken, let us entreat you to love one another; let us entreat you by your one Lord, one faith, one baptism, to continue one; let us beg of you, by our great success, to let our unity be commensurate therewith. Remember “how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” The devil wants you to disagree, and nothing will please him better than for you to fall at ears among yourselves. The Moabites and Anmonites cut down one another. Do not let us do that. “Those should in strictest concord dwell,
Who the same God obey.”
It is continual bickering and jealousy that has brought disgrace upon the holy name of Christ. He has been wounded in the house of his friends. The arrows we have shot at one another have hurt us more than all that ever came from the bow of the devil. We have done more injury to the escutcheon of Christ by our contentions than Satan has ever been able to do. I beseech you, brethren, love one another. I know not how I could endure anything like discord among you. I can bear the scoff of the world, and the laughter of the infidel, methinks I could bear martyrdom; but I could not bear to see you divided. I beseech my God and Master to suffer me first to wear my shroud, before I ever wear a garment of heaviness on account of your divisions. While I feel that I have your love and affection, and that you are bound to one another, I care not for the devils in hell, nor for men on earth. We have been, and we shall be omnipotent, through God; and by faith we will stand firm to one another and to his truth. Let each one resolve within himself—”if there is strife, I will have nothing to do with it.” “The beginning of strife is like the letting out of water,” and I will not turn the tap. If you will take care not to let the first drop in, I will be surety about the second. Brethren, again I say, for the gospel’s sake, for the truth’s sake, that we may laugh at our enemies, and rejoice with joy unspeakable, let us love one another.
    Though I may not have preached to the worldly this morning, I have been asking you to preach to them, for when you love one another, that is a beautiful sermon to them. There is no sermon like what you can see with your own eyes. I went to the Orphan-house, last Wednesday, on Ashley Down, near Bristol, and saw that wonder of faith—I had some conversation with that heavenly-minded man Mr. Muller. I never heard such a sermon in my life as I saw there. They asked me to speak to the girls, but I said, “I could not speak a word for the life of me.” I had been crying all the while to think how God had heard this dear man’s prayer, and how all those three hundred children had been fed by my Father through the prayer of faith. Whatever is wanted, comes without annual subscriptions, without asking anything, simply from the hand of God. When I found that it was all correct that I had heard, I was like the queen of Sheba, and I had no heart left in me. I could only stand and look at those children, and think, did my heavenly Father feed them, and would he not feed me and all his family? Speak to them? They had spoken to me quite enough, though they had not said a word—Speak to them? I thought myself ten thousand fools that I did not believe God better. Here am I, I cannot trust him day by day; but this good man can trust him for three hundred children. When he has not a sixpence in hand he never fears. “I know God,” he might say, “too well to doubt him. I tell my God, thou knowest what I want to-day to keep these children, and I have not anything. My faith never wavers, and my supply always comes.” Simply by asking of God in this way, he has raised (I believe) £17,000 towards the erection of a new orphan-house. When I consider that, sometimes think we will try the power of faith here, and see if we should not get sufficient funds whereby to erect a place to hold the people that crowd to hear the Word of God. Then we may have a tabernacle of faith as well as an orphan-house of faith. God send us that, and to Him shall be all the glory.

“Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai”

YESHUA

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“Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai” †´Ÿ†¸‹-M[· ¸A ‚´Aμ† ŒEšA´
“Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” Luke 13:35, Matthew 23:39

Congregation Yeshuat Yisrael End Time Sequence of Events:

END TIME SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
A.  Church Meaning of Name Historical Church Age Time Period
Ephesus Desired Apostolic Church 30-100A.D.
Smyrna Myrrh (death) Roman Persecution 100-313
Pergamum Thoroughly Married Roman Church State 313-600
Thyatira Perpetual Sacrifice Dark Ages 600-1517
Sardis Those Escaping Reformation 1517-1648
Philadelphia Brotherly Love Missionary Movement 1648-1900
Laodicea People Ruling Apostasy 1900-present
Ephesus (30-100 A.D.) Apostolic Age of the Church Revelation 2:1
Smyrna (100-313 A.D.) Roman Persecution of the Church Revelation 2:8
Pergamum (313-600 A.D.) Age of Constantine Revelation 2:12
Thyatira (600-1517 A.D.) Dark Ages Revelation 2:18
Sardis (1517-1648 A.D.) Reformation of the Church Revelation 3:1
Philadelphia (1648-1900 A.D.) “Great Awakening” Movement Revelation 3:7
Laodicea (1900-present day) Apostasy and Lukewarm Church Revelation 3:14
End Times also called The Last Days, The Beginning of Sorrows
Nation against Nation, Kingdom against Kingdom -Major world wide conflict that begin the End
Times or Last Days: World War I & II (1914 ,1939) Matthew 24:7
Both World Wars had major Jewish implications, The Holocaust, & Zionist Movement
State of Israel is established in 1948. Israel is established as a secular nation in unbelief for a
future judgment known as a Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Bibles speaks of a great gathering
of Gentile Armies against Jerusalem. If this is true then the return of Israel in 1948 is a significant fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Ezekiel 20:33-35 , Ezekiel 22:17 , Zephaniah 2:1
Jerusalem the capitol of Israel is under Jewish control (1967) Daniel 9:27 , Matthew 24:15,
2 Thessalonians 2:3 , Revelation 11:2
PRESENT DAY
Israel negotiates peace with Arab neighbors -(This sets the stage for the Non-Arab invasion of Ezekiel
38 , where Arab nations will not be involved in this conflict because of the peace treaty.) Non Arab nations (Iran and Russia) will come against Israel.
FUTURE EVENTS
• A Peace treaty with the Arab states will lead into non-Arab conflict involving an invasion of
Israel Ezekiel 38 (Rosh-Russia) (Cush-Ethiopia) (Meshech-Moscow) (Libya-Put) (TubalTubalsk,Siberia) (Gomer-Germany) (Persia-Iran) (Togarmah-Armenia)
• The One World Government will be established- (One Horn) Daniel 7:23
• One world government divides into ten kingdoms (Ten Horn) Daniel 7:24a (Note: The European Union is one of the Ten Toes)
• The Rise of Anti-Christ, (Anti-Messiah who opposes the real Messiah) is different from the
other nations that ruled the earth. Some believe the Anti-Messiah will serve as a false Messiah for the Jewish People. This is not the case. He is the one world leader who takes over
the Jewish Temple and claims himself as God. The Anti-Christ is of Roman origin, the prince
of the people who destroyed the city. Daniel 7:24b
• Period of peace and false security 3 1/2 year period of false peace for Israel. Turmoil for the
rest of the world. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
• *Blackout Joel 2:31
• *Return of Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet) the forerunner of the Messiah. Malachi 4:5-6 ,
Malachi 3:1 , Isaiah 40:3
• *The Third Temple will be restored and sacrifices will be reinstituted at the Temple Mount in
Jerusalem. Daniel 9:27 , Isaiah 66:1
*The order of these events are not confirmed until the events work their way out in the future.
RAPTURE OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE MESSIAH
“YESHUAT HASHEM KEHEREF AYIN” –
“GOD’S SALVATION COMES IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.”
New Testament Saints – All believers in the Messiah, after the cross. The Church is composed of Believing Jews and Gentiles beginning at Acts Chapter 2 until the Rapture. The fact is that the Messiah
can come at any time to gather the New Testament Saints. There are no preconditions for the
“catching away of believers”. If Messiah comes in the middle of the tribulation or the end then we would
know exactly when he is coming and then we would get ready. The scriptures teach that the Messiah
will come secretly before the wrath. The Second Coming is exactly seven years after the signing of the
covenant with the Anti-Christ, but the rapture could happen at any moment.
The Rapture can come at any moment, Matthew 24:42,44 , Luke 12:35
Mansions are being prepared for believers John 14:1-3
Believers will meet the Messiah in the air (dead ones will rise first) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Believers receive glorified bodies 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Believers are delivered from the wrath to come 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
Yeshua will come secretly before the wrath Luke 21:36 ,1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
Shofar (Trumpet) of Righteousness blown 1 Corinthians 15:52
There are normal conditions on the earth Matthew 24:38-44
(Note that the Church is not mentioned at anytime during the Wrath in the book of Revelations, The
church is heavily mentioned during the first three chapters, and not again until Revelation. 19:11-16.
Tribulation Saints are all believer who accept the Messiah Yeshua after the church is raptured.) There
are believers present during the entire tribulation. In fact the purpose of the tribulation is to bring people
to faith by means of God’s wrath, and cause them to cry out the Messiah. The Church is not mentioned
in any tribulation passage. The elect, believers, tribulation saints who come to Messiah after the rapture exist, but the Church is not mentioned in any passage.
BIMAH SEAT JUDGMENT FOR CHURCH SAINTS ONLY FOR REWARDS
Believers will be judged. Not for their sins, because our sins were judged on the cross. We are judged
for our works done in the body. Our works will be judged at the Bema. The Bema is the term for the
Judgment Seat. In the synagogue the Bema is the raised platform in the center of the synagogue
where the Torah is read. Messiah will be at the Bema to judge our works.
• An accounting of our works will be given Romans 14:10-12
• Basis of this judgment 2 Corinthians 5:10
• Bad works are burned 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
• Five types of crowns will be given to those who are faithful:
• Incorruptible Crown 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
• Crown of Rejoicing 1 Thessalonians 2:19
• Crown of Righteousness 2 Timothy 4:7-8
• Crown of Life James 1:12 , Revelation 2:10
• Crown of Glory 1 Peter 5:2-4
THE GREAT TRIBULATION
DANIEL’S 70th Seven
SEVEN YEAR PERIOD OF JUDGMENT AND WRATH OF GOD
Signing of the Seven Year covenant with the Anti-Messiah Daniel 9:27 – See Seventy Sevens
A. First Quarter – Seven Seal Judgments Revelation 6
Anti-Messiah conquest (White horse) Daniel 11:36-38 , Revelation 6:12
World War I of the Tribulation (Red horse) Revelation 6:4
Famine (Black horse) Revelation 6:5
One quarter of Earth destroyed (Pale horse) Revelation 6:8
Persecution of Tribulation Saints, the elect believers after the Rapture Revelation 6:9
General Natural Convulsions, Black Out II Revelation 6:12
144,000 Jewish Male Evangelists Chosen from the twelve tribes Revelation 7:1-8
World Wide Revival from all Nations Revelation 7:9-17
Silence for half an hour Revelation 8:1
Two Jewish Witnesses in Jerusalem Zechariah 4:11-14 , Revelation 11:3-6
Religious System: Ecclesiastical Babylon Revelation 17:1-6

B. Second Quarter – Seven Trumpet judgments
1/3 Dry Earth destroyed Revelation 8:7
1/3 Salt water destroyed Revelation 8:8
1/3 Fresh water destroyed Revelation 8:10
1/3 Heavens destroyed Revelation 8:13
Blackout III- First invasion of Demons Revelation 9:2
Release of the 4 bound fallen angels of Euphrates Revelation 3:14
1/3 of humanity is destroyed Revelation 9:15
Messiah will inherit the Kingdom Revelation 11:15
Temple will be rebuilt and sacrifices reinstituted. (They are preparing today!)
Middle of the Tribulation (3 1/2 Years 42 Months 1260 Days)
C. Events during the Middle of the Tribulation
World War II of the Tribulation Daniel 11:40-45
Anti-Messiah is killed Revelation 13:3
Satan cast down to the Earth Revelation 12:7-12
Anti-Messiah raised by Satan Revelation 13:3
3 kings killed, 7 kings submit Daniel 7:24, Revelation 17:12-13
Ecclesiastical Babylon Destroyed Revelation 17:16
Two witnesses Killed and resurrected on the third day. This is in keeping with Yeshua’s words
of witness to Israel. No sign will be given except the sign of Jonah, a three day resurrection. Zechariah 4:11-14 , Revelation 11:3-13
Seven year covenant broken after 3 1/2 years Isaiah 28:14-22
The Abomination of Desolation Matthew 24:15 , Daniel 9:27
The False Prophet Revelation 13:11-15
Mark of the Beast: The number of his name is “666” and the worship of the Anti-Messiah (AntiChrist) Revelation 13:16-18
Persecution of the Jews begins Revelation 12:1-17 , Matthew 24:15-18
D. Events during the second Half of the Tribulation Six Bowl judgments
Sores on those with the Mark of the Beast Revelation 16:2
Salt Water is destroyed Revelation 16:3
Fresh water is destroyed Revelation 16:4
Heat of the Sun is increased Revelation 16:8
Blackout IV Revelation 16:10
Euphrates dried up Revelation 16:12
2/3 of all Jews do not survive the tribulation Zechariah 13:8-9
War of the Great Day of God the Almighty World War III of the Tribulation
Armageddon (Gathering of the Gentile Armies of the Anti-Messiah)
Destruction of Babylon in Iraq – Zechariah 5:5-11 , Isaiah 13:1-5
Fall of Jerusalem Zechariah to the Gentile Armies 12:1-19 , Zechariah 14:1-2
1/2 Jewish people remain (not cut off from Jerusalem) Zechariah 14:1-2
1/2 Flee to Bozrah, the mountainous rock fortress Matthew 24:16 , Isaiah 33:16
Gathering of the Jews in Petra also called Bozrah (sheep fold) located in Southern
Jordan Micah 2:12-13 , Jeremiah 49:13-14
Marriage of the Lamb—The Bride is the Church and the Messiah is the Groom
Revelation 19:7
7
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of
the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
8
And to her it was granted to
be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the
saints. 9
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the
marriage supper of the Lamb!’
Second Coming of Messiah to Save Israel from the Gentile Nations
Zechariah 14 :1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided
among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations,
as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east
to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other
half toward the south. 5 And you will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah
king of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!
(No where in scripture is there an indication of a “Battle of Armageddon” only a gathering of Gentile
nations for the purpose of conflict with Israel, the Battle begins in Petra or Bozrah in the southern
region of Jordan)
No where in scripture is there an indication of a “Battle of Armageddon” only a gathering of Gentile
nations for the purpose of conflict with Israel, the Battle begins in Petra or Bozrah in the southern
region of Jordan)
The Location of the Second Coming of The Messiah at Petra
Isaiah 63:1-6 Who is this who comes from Edom
(Southern Jordan), with garments of glowing colors from
Bozrah, This One who is majestic in His apparel, Marching
in the greatness of His strength? “It is I who speak in
righteousness, mighty to save.” Why is Your apparel
red, And Your garments like the one who treads in the
wine press? “I have trodden the wine trough alone, And
from the peoples there was no man with Me. I also trod
them in My anger, And trampled them in My wrath; And
their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, And I stained
all My raiment. “For the day of vengeance was in My
heart, And My year of redemption has come. “And I
looked, and there was no one to help, And I was astonished and there was no one to uphold; So My own arm
brought salvation to Me; And My wrath upheld Me.
“And I trod down the peoples in My anger, And made them
drunk in My wrath, And I poured out their lifeblood on the
earth.”
National Regeneration of Israel – All Surviving Israel will be Saved!
Confession of Israel’s National sin Leviticus 26:40-42 , Jeremiah 3:11-18 , Hosea 5:15
Israel will announce the Messiah’s Return Matthew 23:37-39 , Joel 2:28-32
All Israel (the 1/3 that survive the Tribulation ) will be saved by NEW COVENANT. Romans
11:25-27 , Jeremiah 31:31-34
Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,32 not like the covenant which I made with their
fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which
they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord.33 “But this is the covenant which I
will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them,
and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.34 “And they
shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, `Know the Lord,’ for
they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will
forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Yeshua will not return until the Jewish people ask Him to return by saying;

“Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai” †´Ÿ†¸‹-M[· ¸A ‚´Aμ† ŒEšA´
“Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” Luke 13:35, Matthew 23:39

The Lord is returning with His Saints who come from heaven. It is written, Rev 19:14-AND THE ARMIES WHICH WERE IN HEAVEN FOLLOWED HIM UPON WHITE HORSES, CLOTHED IN
FINE LINEN, WHITE AND CLEAN.
Zech 14:5-AND THE LORD MY GOD SHALL COME, AND ALL THE SAINTS WITH THEE.
Jude 14-AND ENOCH ALSO, THE SEVENTH FROM ADAM, PROPHESIED OF THESE, SAYING, BEHOLD, THE LORD COMETH WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF HIS SAINTS. Jesus coming with the saints was prophesied even before the flood.
2 Thes 1:7-THE LORD JESUS SHALL BE REVEALED FROM HEAVEN WITH HIS MIGHTY
ANGELS. In the other verses, the word “saints” is used. Here the word “angels” is used. It has
been noted in the Revelation that the saints were referred to, in some instances, as angels.
1 Thes 3:13-AT THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL HIS SAINTS.
Col 3:4-WHEN CHRIST, WHO IS OUR LIFE, SHALL APPEAR, THEN SHALL YE ALSO APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY.
Initial touchdown of the Messiah will be in Bozrah (Sheep Pen) also called Petra which is located in Southern Jordan. Isaiah 34:6 Isaiah 63:1-6
The Messiah will fight the battle alone. Isaiah 63:1-6
Anti-Messiah will be first casualty of this battle. 2 Thessalonians 2:8 Habakkuk 3:13
Anti-Messiah’s spirit is thrown in Hell Isaiah 14:3-11
Anti-Messiah’s Army continue to fight Zechariah 12:10-13:1
Blood will reach up to the horses neck for 200 miles Revelation 14:19-20
Victory Ascent upon the Mount of Olives Zechariah 14:3-4
The Mount of Olives with split east to west in two part.
Remaining Jews in Jerusalem will flee to meet remaining Jews in Bozrah. Zechariah 14:3-4
Seventh bowl Judgment is poured out Revelation 16:17-21
There will be Earthquake in Jerusalem Zechariah 14:4-5
Fifth Blackout Matthew 24:29 , Joel 3:14-17
Gentiles will be judged (The Sheep and Goats)
This judgment is for all nations (Gentiles) that come against Israel since all living Israel is saved at
the Second Coming the living Gentiles must be judged. This judgment takes place in the valley south
east of the Temple mount in Jerusalem. See The Seven Significant Judgments for details about the
judgments of God.
Judgments of the Gentile nations in the Valley of Jehosephat Joel 3:1-3
Separation of Sheep Gentiles from the Goat Gentiles Matthew 25:31-46
The Sheep Gentile will help Yeshua’s brethren, the Jewish people, during the Tribulation.
Separation of the Wheat and Tares (True and False Believer’s in the Church) Matthew 13:24-30
Parable of the Dragnet Matthew 13:47-50
Resurrection of Old Testament Saints Isaiah 26:19 Daniel 12:2
Resurrection of Tribulation Saints Revelation 20:4-6
Seventy-five Day Interval
Seventy-five day period for the removal of the abomination before the restoration: (1335-1260=
75) Daniel 12:11-12
They will turn Military Equipment to Farming Equipment (Beat swords into plowshares)
Anti-Messiah (counterfeit-son) and False Prophet (counterfeit-Holy Spirit) cast alive in the Lake
of Fire Revelation 19:20
Satan’s will be confined to the Abyss for 1000 years Revelation 20:1-3
Renovation for the Millennial New Heavens and New Earth Isaiah 65:17-25
Establishment of the Davidic Throne Isaiah 16:5 Psalm 2:6-8, 1Choronicals 17:10-14 Jeremiah
33:17-26 , Luke 1:30-33
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb Revelation 19:6-8: Isaiah 25:6-9
Messianic Kingdom – General Characteristics
The Lord will establish a house in Zion: Micah 4:1-5
And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the
house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His
paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (not
heaven). And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will
not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.
Messianic Kingdom General Characteristics Psalm 15:1-5, Psalm 24:1-6
House established on a Mountain in Jerusalem. Isaiah 27:13, Micah 4:1-5, Isaiah 2:2-4
Ezekiel 20:40-41, Ezekiel 17:22-24, Ezekiel 45:1-8, Ezekiel 48:8-20
Millennial Temple will be built. Ezekiel 37:26-28 Jeremiah 3:16 Ezekiel 44:1-46:24
Millennial River will begin at the Messianic Temple and flow to the Dead Sea, then to the Mediterranean sea. Ezekiel 47:1-12, Joel 3:18, Zechariah 14:8, Ezekiel 47:8-10
Millennial Messianic Israel Ezekiel 47:13-48:29
Millennial Jerusalem Psalm 122:1-9, Isaiah 4:3-6, Isaiah 33:20-24,
Animals will live in peace Isaiah 11:6-9,
Government during the Kingdom on Yeshua’s Shoulders Isaiah 9:6-7
Yeshua the King rule in the Land of Israel Jeremiah 33:14-17, Jeremiah 23:5-6,
Zechariah 14:9
He will rule with a Rod of Iron Revelation 12:5, Revelation 19:15
The King is YHVH – Ha Shem Psalm 24:7-10, Jeremiah 33:17-26
There is a Gentile Branch of Government
Faithful Church Saints and Tribulation Saints shall reign with Messiah Revelation 20:4-6
There is a Jewish Branch of Government
King David will reign Jeremiah 30:9, Ezekiel 34:23-24, Ezekiel 37:24-25, Hosea 3:5
Twelve Disciples (minus Judas plus Mathias) will reign over the Twelve Tribes of Israel Matthew
19:28
There will be Princes of Israel Isaiah 32:1, Ezekiel 45:8, Haggai 2:20-23
There will be Judges and Counselors Isaiah 1:26
Israel will be over the cheif nation over all Millennial Gentile nations Deuteronomy 15:6 ; Deuteronomy 28:1 ; Deuteronomy 28:13 , Isaiah 14:1-2
Animals will live in peace on earth! Isaiah 11:6-9
Regeneration of Israel is based on the New Covenant Jeremiah 31:31-34, Isaiah 29:22-24
Isaiah 44:1-5, Isaiah 44:21-23, Ezekiel 11:19-20, Ezekiel 36:25-27 , Joel 2:28-32, Micah
7:18-20, Zephaniah 3:9-13, Romans 11:25-27
World Wide Regathering of Believing Israel to the land of Promise. Deuteronomy 30:1-10,
Isaiah 11:11-12:6, Isaiah 7:12-13
All of Israel will know the Lord. There will be no need to tell a neighbor to know the Lord for they
shall all know Him. Jeremiah 31:31-34
Possession of the Land of Israel that belongs to the Jewish People
For additional information on the covenants see: The Covenants of God a description of the unconditional promises given to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Given to Abraham and his descendants Genesis 13:14-17 , Genesis 15:12-21
Given to Isaac and his descendants and not Ishmael Genesis 26:2-5
Given to Jacob (Israel) and his descendants not Essau Genesis 28:13-15
Israel will be a productive land Isaiah 30:23-26 , Isaiah 35:1-2 , Jeremiah 31:1-6
Gentiles in the Messianic Kingdom
Gentile kings will worship the King of Kings Isaiah 56:1-8 , Isaiah 66:18-24
Gentiles born in the Kingdom have 100 years to accept the King Messiah or be condemned to
hell Isaiah 65:20
Gentile Nations are obligated to observe Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles if they do not observe it they will be without rain. Zechariah 14:16-19
The Aftermath
Loosening of Satan to deceive after the 1000 years of confinement Revelation 20:7-10
Final invasion of Israel
Satan cast into the Lake of Fire
Transfer of Authority 1Corinthians 16:24-28
The Great White Throne Judgment for all dead unbelievers Revelation 20:11-12 . For additional
information see The Seven Significant Judgments for details about the judgments of God.
There are different degrees of punishment in Hell Matthew 11:20-24 , Luke 12:47-48
The Book of Life recording all people ever born Psalm 139:16
Unbelievers names are not recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life Revelation 13:8
Believers names are retained in the Book of Life Revelation 3:5
Unsaved are blotted out of the Book of Life Psalm 69:28
The Second Death is Eternal Lake of Fire Revelation 20:13-14
The Eternal Order – Newer Heavens and Newer Earth Revelation 21:1-8
New Jerusalem from will come down from the heavens. Hebrews 11:9-10 , Hebrews12:22-24 ,
Revelation 21:9-22
No further Scriptural Revelation past the Eternal Order

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The Shofar will Sound

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last blast of the shofar (trumpet), the Tikiah Gadolah; for the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory” — 1 Corinthians 15: 51-54

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