Revelation

Pre-Millennial Doctrine or Waiting for the Son?

  Pre-Millennial Doctrine or Waiting for the Son? Revelation 1: 5-7. C. H. Mackintosh. In a day like the present, when knowledge on every question is so widely diffused, it is most needful to press upon the conscience of the Christian reader the vast distinction between merely holding the doctrine of the Lord's second coming and actually waiting for His appearing (1 Thess. 1: 10). Many, alas! hold and, it may be, eloquently preach, the doctrine of a second advent who really do not kno...

Final Perseverance: What is it?

Final Perseverance: What is it? C. H. Mackintosh. Dear Friend, The question of final perseverance, though, in our judgment, a very simple one, has perplexed a great many; and the questions which you introduce to our notice, and the passages of scripture which you adduce, furnish abundant proof that your own mind is not quite clear or settled on the point. It may be, however, that the object of your communication is rather to superinduce such a discussion of the doctrine, in the light of hol...

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth. J. G. Bellett. Section 9 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." The scene of the divine handiwork was twofold; and, accordingly, "in the dispensation of the fulness of times," God will display Himself again, both in heaven and on earth. I would begin my meditation on this divine subject with Genesis ...

The Confederacies of Men and the Judgments of God

The Confederacies of Men and the Judgments of God. J. G. Bellett. Scripture contemplates hostile associations of men and of nations. Isaiah 7, 8, was the era of one, and the prophecy of another. Joel 3 tells of "multitudes, multitudes," gathered together in the day of Jerusalem's final sorrow. Psalm 83 anticipates a confederacy against the Israel of God; and "Gog" is the witness of a host of nations leagued in infidel defiance of the Lord. But Scripture also contemplates civil or worldly as...

The Bride of the Lamb

The Bride of the Lamb. J.G. Bellett. Extracted from "Collectanea" Subtitled, "Being some of the subjects considered at Leamington on 3rd June and four following days in the year 1839." Published unrevised in 1882 by J. S. Robertson, Edinburgh. The Lamb's bride is distinctly the heavenly Jerusalem, the heavenly companion of her Lord, quite distinct from Messiah's kingdom. Jerusalem is the earthly counterpart of the Lamb's bride. In our thoughts about these things, I feel that we do not kee...

Babylon

Babylon. Rev. 17, 18. from Musings on Scripture, Volume 1. J. G. Bellett. "Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth." This is a saying much to be remembered. It teaches us that we are not to make ourselves the judges of what sanctification or holiness is; Gods' word is to determine this, because holiness is that character or mind which is formed by God's word or truth. We are apt to think that our own moral sense of things is the rule of holiness. But the word of God claims to b...

Imminent Return of Christ

“Behold, I come quickly…” Revelation 22:7  The soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His bride, the church, occupies a large and important position in the word of God. The Old and New Testaments in type and teaching fully expound this doctrine of the imminent return of Christ. In the writings of the Gospels, the Epistles, and Revelation the Lord Himself and the Apostles affirm, exhort and instruct concerning it in exact detail. This doctrine has long stirred the churc...

Liar Deceiver Destroyer

"...we are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11     It is important to know the devices of our enemy, the Devil. Otherwise he is likely to take advantage of us.     We should know that he is a liar, and has been from the beginning. In fact, he is the father of lies (John 8:44). He lied to Eve by misrepresenting God, and he has been doing it ever since.     He is a deceiver (Rev. 20:10). He mixes a little truth with error. He imitates ...

Jesus in the Midst (Luke 2)

Before they entered land of Canaan, Israel was promised a future leader by Moses when he said: "The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken..." (Deut. 18:15)  From then on, Israel looked for this great Prophet that God would raise up—the Messiah—someone similar to Moses who was appointed by God to lead the nation.  Details of this Person were specific: 1) God would raise Him up; 2) His ministry would be like that of Moses and 3) He would come from one of the tribes of Israel—"from the midst of thee".  Not only would He come from Israel, but He would be active within their midst. With this latter detail, they were assured of seeing Him since His ministry would be conspicuous and central to the nation.  So imbedded was this in the national mindset, that centuries later when people witnessed the ministry of John the Baptist they asked him directly "Are you the Prophet?" (John 1:21).  Later, after John was beheaded by Herod some ascribed this title to the Lord though stating it with some uncertainty "It is the Prophet or like unto the prophets” (Mark 6:15)  But when the Lord fed the multitude, the fickle but satisfied crowd confidently proclaimed "This is truly the Prophet who has come into the world" (John 6:14) The Lord Jesus was indeed the Prophet promised to Israel long ago, the One raised up by God who ministered in their midst so there would be no mistake as to who He was.

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