The leaders of ancient Judah were facing the threat of Assyrian invasion. They were making an unholy alliance with Egypt to protect them and arrogantly thought that they had averted the coming judgment of God. The prophet Isaiah warned them that judgment day was coming and when it did the storm would sweep away the “refuge of lies” in which they were hiding. Thus it will be in the Day of Judgment when the world will stand before Christ. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we ask: Are you living beneath a refuge of lies?
Jesus said “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Yet, just days earlier, He told a dying, penitent thief hanging on a cross: “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise”. How are these passages reconciled? The New Testament plan of salvation including its mandate of water baptism is often rejected with the argument that the thief was saved in his final moments without being baptized. Do we know the thief was never baptized? If he was not, does his case of eleventh-hour conversion negate the believing, penitent sinner’s responsibility to be baptized for the remission of sins? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn about Baptism And The Thief On The Cross.
Don’t you dislike an unhappy ending? The story of an ancient prophet of Israel began with great promise. The young man was courageous and fiercely loyal to God’s command. But the mission that started so well ended in tragedy. At some point, this nameless prophet’s faith faltered and he was deceived. His resolve melted away under the charm of an older, nefarious prophet. The story goes to show us how easy it is for anyone to be misled by the claims of others in religion. In this sermon, ‘Lessons Learned Too Late’, we learn lessons that this prophet learned in his own death.
In His Olivet discourse, as recorded in Matthew 24, Jesus prophesied of great tribulation to come followed by heavenly signs such as the darkening of the sun and moon; the stars falling from heaven; and the powers of the heavens being shaken. He declared that then the sign of the Son of man would appear in heaven; the tribes of earth would mourn; and the Son of man would be seen coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Was the Savior speaking of the end of time and the judgment of the world? It seems to many that these are obvious references to such a cataclysmic event. In part 2 of our series “Signs of the Second Coming?”, we observe that such references were familiar phrases to Jesus’ hearers and did not refer to His personal coming at the end of time but to events that were to take place in their lifetimes in the first century.
Prompting His Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew 24, Jesus was asked by His disciples: “What will be the sign of thy coming?” The question was in response to Jesus’ prophecy that the temple of Jerusalem would be destroyed. The Lord said several things would come to pass before this took place including political turmoil and natural disasters. Was Jesus referring to the end times or to events that took place during the lifetime of His disciples? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at the context of the prophecy to discern if Jesus was pointing to an event in AD 70 or was He speaking of His second coming at the end of time?