The Morning of the Church – It’s Beginning
When the church was born at Pentecost the new life of the church was exhilarating.
It was pure it was powerful it was productive. They were devoted to prayer and worship and the Apostles Doctrine.
And they gathered every day to engage in all of those things. The result was a powerful evangelistic impact in those early days. The church grew in just a few weeks from the 3,000 at Pentecost to an excess of 20,000 embracing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The early chapters of the book of acts chronicle the transforming days of the dawning of the morning of the church. When the Son of God lite up the sky. The church was filled with truth, filled with faith, filled with Love, filled with generosity, filled with passion for the lost, filled with hope and all of that was influenced by the teaching, preaching and the writing of the Apostles of Jesus Christ and those associated with Him.
But even in the purity of those infant days. When the passion was high and the truth prevailed and people were exhilarated in their newfound life. Even in those early days the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles the privilege of looking into the not to distant future.
The Mourning of the Church – It’s Ending
And in looking into the future the Holy Spirit allowed the Apostles to see something frightening, something terrifying, something mystifying, and something unbelievable.
What did the Holy Spirit show them and what did they prophesy?
That Jesus would return, YES
That the world would one day be destroyed, YES
That the universe would melt in an atomic holocaust, YES
That sinner’s would finally be judged, YES
That believer’s would be raptured, YES
That believer’s would be taken to Glory, YES
That believer’s would be rewarded, YES
That there would be a Messianic Kingdom on earth with Christ as King, YES
That eventually there would be a New Heaven and New Earth, YES
That the Gospel would even be preached to the ends of the earth, YES
That the Church would grow and flourish, YES
The Apostles preached about that, wrote about that and reminded the believers that Jesus spoke about that.
But beyond that, there was one un-believable, un-thinkable, un-imaginable, bizarre and strange reality that the Apostles predicted.
That the church, would defect from the Truth and become perverted in its understanding of Scripture. That the church; would abandon the TRUE Gospel and preach a False Gospel and Abandon Christ. This can only happen to a church filled with False Teachers, Teaching False Doctrine to immature Christians who are Biblical Illiterates and cannot discern truth from error and worship a different Jesus.
Pastor Teacher John MacArthur – http://www.gty.org
To the False Teachers among us:
“These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.”
To the Immature Christians among us:
“But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”
Our Blessed HOPE – The New Beginning
The New Jerusalem by Michael Card
Listen and Watch, be Blessed and Comforted.
If you believe in JESUS, yours is a different destiny.
You will live in a place with no death, no pain, no mourning cry, where
God Himself will wipe the tears from every weeping eye.