Coming Up This Week: Aspects Of The Second Coming Of Christ

I am working on a short series on the various aspects of the Second Coming of Christ. There are different callings and different places of future blessing connected with Christ’s second coming. Right Division puts Christ in His proper place. We should seek to understand what His role is in a given dispensation, once that is ascertained, then we can seek to know what our role is in relation to Him.

Tomorrow is part one: Matthew 24 and the Second Coming

Search and see!

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Regarding Questions and Responding to E-mails

Hello beloved.

I have noticed a few messages lately that state that I have been “ignoring” comments on my site. Some folks are angry about it acting as if I am ignoring them on purpose.

Friends – I don’t “ignore” anyone. Ummm, let me revise that – I only ignore belligerent comments. If I haven’t responded to you, be assured it’s because I haven’t seen your message or have been busy. I have a wife, four kids, and a few others who live in my home. On top of that, I am doing some freelance work trying to pay bills. I am not making serious money teaching what I teach. I don’t do it for money. My wife and I are poor in this world. We live day by day wondering if we will be able to pay next month’s electric bill. I have spinal degenerative disease and collect no money from the state. So we are literally in survival mode all the time. Come to my home some time. We are in shambles. Repairs we can’t afford to pay for, floors that are damaged, cabinets with no doors, a busted front door, my wife goes to a food pantry for groceries, and we have a refrigerator that doesn’t work. We have had two vacations in 24 years of marriage. Try living in our shoes before you get mad at me for not catering to your every question.

Folks, the audios I publish require a lot of time. I do it for you. I would do it for one person. I love the Word of God. I love to teach it. I am publishing my discoveries.

If I were to answer in writing every question I get, I would never have time for family or other activities. The daily audios would cease. Please remember that next time you think ill of me for not responding to you on your time frame.

If you have questions, and I haven’t responded to you, please call me: 224-216-8349. Ask anyone who knows me personally – I care about people and love to help out any way I can. My home and phone have been open to everyone.

Again, please take this in the right spirit.

Your brother in that blessed hope,

Dan

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Five Resurrections: Which Hope Is Yours?

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A look at the resurrections in Scripture; With each new revelation resurrection hope moves up in time and dignity.

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It’s Either Paul or Olsteen: There’s No Middle Ground

People use the Bible like Joel Olsteen preaches. They twist Bible verses to minister to their desires and goals. Here’s an example of twisting the Word of God with a smile:

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”

This verse as it’s quoted in pop-culture dreamy eyed “christianity” is a flat out lie.

Can you live till you are 500? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can a person with no legs walk? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can a blind person perform brain surgery an hour from now? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can you rob a bank? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can you make a million dollars in a multi-level pyramid scheme? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can we have that nice house we’ve always wanted? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can a 65 year old play quarterback and win a superbowl? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can the team with the most players who put Scripture verses below their eyes and on their helmets get an advantage over those who do it less? After all, I can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can Dan Sheridan play in the NBA? After all, I can do ALL THINGS, right?

Add to the list. This is how people abuse God’s Word. Philippians 4:13 is a magic wand that opens the doors to all you desires and dreams. God is the great Genie in the sky who is there to grant your wishes. He’s the celestial waiter ready to take your order. Just say the magic verse enough times and click your heels together. Buy a Scripture t-shirt and bracelet too.

This is the mentality of the Joel Olsteen/TBN generation. They have no regard for the Scriptures and no reverence for the God of the Scriptures. They have a pop-culture God and an effeminate Christ. The Bible is just their book of desires.

Let’s take a look at the verse as Paul taught it. Paul’s version is hated by the name-it-and-claim-it Olsteenites. Here’s the context:

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

What are the “all things” Paul can do through Christ who strengthens him? He was enabled to be content in poverty and when he was provided for. Those are the all things. Paul was initiated into the secret of how to rejoice in the Lord even though he was suffering. Paul was never RICH. Paul was living for God in all circumstances. He possessed everything even though he had no physical riches.

Did you hear that Mr. Olsteen? Did you hear that those of you who actually think these “positive” preachers are saying something profound?

The message Paul proclaimed brought him suffering. A message, by the way, the Olsteens of the world know nothing about. But Paul was strong enough to trust the Lord when he was hungry and thank Him when he ate. He could do “all those things” through Christ who gave him strength.

Joel Olsteen, and those like him, CHARGE Paul and our Lord of not having enough faith. They actually preach dis-content! They say that Paul wasn’t living his “best life now” by being content in his poverty.

But Paul and our Lord CHARGE the Olsteens of the world with having corrupt minds, being destitute of the truth, because they suppose that “godliness” is gain. As a result, Paul and our Lord tell Scripture believers to withdraw themselves from them. 1 Timothy 6:5.

I stand with Paul and our Lord. Whose side are you on? You can’t stand on one side without denying the other! Choose sides.

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Learning To Read vs. Waiting For The Spirit

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The reason Christians don’t understand the Bible has nothing to do with “spiritual gifts.” The phrases “spiritual gifts” and “being taught by the Spirit,” as used by modern Christianity, have nothing to do with the Scripture. The modern usage has a spooky connotation as if some invisible force is going to teach you something you don’t already know. Walking in the Spirit isn’t some mystical thing. It isn’t spooky. It is aligning your life in accord with the written Word of God Rightly Divided. In reality, most people use those terms as an excuse for their laziness and ignorance. They are ignorant by CHOICE. They want their favorite teacher to do the work for them.

There are no special spiritual gifts today. All of us are equally able to understand the Bible. The problem isn’t a lack of “gift,” it’s a lack of study. True, some people are smarter than others, but no one in this present dispensation of the mystery is endowed with greater spiritual gifts – no-one has a special hotline to heaven for truth! If you’re not as smart as some others that just means you have work harder – study harder. As a matter of fact, not being as smart can be an advantage. Those who work harder appreciate what they learn more than those to whom it came easy! Your lack of “brains” can be a blessing! The point is this: Each one of us has a duty to study and learn. There are no superstars in the Body of Christ – unless they artificially prop themselves up as stars, or their star-gazing sheep do it for them.

Many people will read something multiple times and yet not be able to grasp what was said. Most of the time they aren’t paying attention. Or, their minds aren’t disposed to understand what they’re reading, instead they’re prepared to interpret what they read based on preconceived ideas. Any school teacher or home-school parent knows exactly what I’m talking about. The problem is they need to learn to read.

Here are some Scripture examples:

How many people think that the wise men visited a stable?
How many people think Christ sweat great drops of blood?
How many people think Elijah went to heaven in a chariot of fire?
How many people think the dove brought an olive branch to Noah?
How many people think Paul said “to be absent from the body IS TO BE present with the Lord?”

The Word of God never says any of those things. Yet these are popular ideas. We need to learn how to read carefully.

Here are some good study tips.

Bible Reading: Read a portion of the Bible. After you read it, think about it, then read it again. Then try to re-explain what you read in your own words. Maybe write a short paragraph about it. You will never get a good understanding of God and His ways in a few readings. Face the facts right now: if you don’t read the Bible, all the Bible, on a regular basis, you will be ignorant for the rest of your live by CHOICE.

Any Other Book: Read a portion. Then re-write what you read in your own words. This will make you think. This is an especially good exercise when you read a book someone wrote about the Scriptures. This exercise will cause you to examine what the author said. It will force you to restate it for yourself as if you were teaching the lesson. As a result, it will drive you back to the Scriptures to see if what you are saying is true.

The Bible is a book with words. It’s not written in some heavenly language. We don’t need a special jolt to read and understand it – just a wiling heart causing us to search and see. God never teaches lazy people – NEVER. Neither does He allow people to use “religious” excuses like “if the Spirit doesn’t teach me, I won’t understand.” That’s the excuse of quitters.

I hope this encourages you. God isn’t in a hurry – neither should you be. Any subject worth knowing takes time. No one got a medical degree in a year. It takes years of study and practice. So too the Scriptures.

Are you willing to take the time? If not, you will be ignorant the rest of your life. You will be a star-gazer looking for your next favorite teacher. Trust me, they are out there waiting for sheep like you to take advantage of.

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The Dispensationial Divide: The Importance of Israel’s National Position

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Why are nations mentioned Scripture; Deuteronomy 32:8; Israel the center of the world; What’s the difference between the Old Testament and the New?; Isaiah 6; Paul acting like a Priest; The Acts 28 Crisis; The Lord appears to Paul; Boldness to make known the mystery; The Dispensational Divide; Crossing the line.

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Two Ways Of Holiness: Man’s vs. God’s

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I know people who were “mortified” because they thought they didn’t achieve enough holiness to please God. It made them depressed and afraid. What is holiness? How do we mortify our members? What is true sanctification? There’s a better way!

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Baptism and Passover: Have you seen anyone die at a communion service lately?

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Baptism in the Old Testament; John the Baptist; No Gentiles Baptized; The Acts 28:28 Divide; Passover and the New Covenant; Paul and the Passover; The Middle Wall in Corinth; The death penalty in Corinth; The powers of the world to come; Baal’s supper; Rebuilding the Middle Wall; Converting paganism to Christianity!; Guard the unity.

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Our New Address and Move-In Date: Two Aspects of Redemption

God has a large family. He has assigned different homes for members of His family. They will occupy them in the future, in resurrection, not when they die.

These homes are connected with Redemption. That means they were paid for in full. We have no mortgage payments to make. There will never be a housing bubble and foreclosures.

There are two aspects of redemption:

First, there’s a past aspect in connection with our sins and transgressions. For instance, in Ephesians 1:7 Paul says we currently have redemption through His blood.

Second, there’s a future aspect of Redemption that’s connected with an inheritance. For instance, in Ephesians 1:14 Paul says we are waiting for the redemption of the purchased possession.

Why is there a gap between these aspects of redemption?

Because sin came into the world and marred the universe. So God is remodeling His universe – that’s Redemption – that’s the purpose of the ages. There are times when we buy something but we don’t take possession of it right away. There’s a gap between the purchase and the taking possession. That’s why so many believers have died and lie in their graves. They are waiting for the place God is making ready for them. When it’s ready, they’ll move in.

A person can’t be resurrected until his place is ready. Christ told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them. This is true of all of God’s redeemed family. There are places being prepared. As each place is finished, God will call the inhabitants, and they will answer.

Do you know the place God is preparing for you? Where is it? Can you prove it from Scripture?

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The Fourth Dimension

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The Hope: The Land = Two Dimensions. “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” Genesis 13:17

The Hope: The New Jerusalem = Three Dimensions. “And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” Revelation 21:16

The Hope: The Heavenly Places = Four Dimensions. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height.” Ephesians 3:17-18

The Four Dimensions Expounded:

The Breadth – Preach the gospel of peace to those afar off and nigh. Ephesians 2:17.

The Length – From before the overthrow to all the generations of the age of the ages. Ephesians 1:4 and Ephesians 3:21.

The Depth – Trespasses and Sins. Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2:1.

The Height – Far Above All and Seated Together With Christ in the Heavenly Places. Ephesians 1:21 and Ephesians 2:6.

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