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  1. President Trump has made some very important, but some low-key, decisions concerning the welfare of Taiwan, the Republic of China, that has kept America free from communist aggression in South East Asia, Democracy in Taiwan, and the Economic welfare of America. Thus, President Trump is a leader, a President, that has America's interest at heart. Below are some excerpts from a recent article in the English newspaper on Taiwan, the Taipei Times, that will give some insight on these low-key decisions that President Trump has made to help America by helping Democratic Taiwan. Ian Easton On Taiwan: Why the US defends Taiwan Mon, Sep 16, 2019 - Page 6 “What is clear is that Trump subsequently signed the landmark Taiwan Travel Act, sent Marines to guard the AIT (the de facto American Embassy in Taipei), and personally approved a historic sale of new F-16 jet fighters to the island. By all accounts, US-Taiwan relations have never been better than they are now, and they are likely to get better still in the years ahead. This has all happened despite a massive Chinese influence and intimidation campaign. What follows are six reasons why any American president should think defending Taiwan is in the best interest of the United States. Note by Alan: I am only going to quote three reasons, Ian Eastons number Second, Third, and Sixth, instead of all six reasons, listed as these three reasons deal directly with the, "Making America Great Again," thread here on Online Baptist. Second, US economic well-being depends on it. According to the Census Bureau’s July 2019 data, Taiwan is currently America’s 10th largest trading partner (ahead of Italy, Vietnam, and Brazil). Taiwan punches above its weight in many spheres of activity. Trade is no exception. This high tech island is critical to the supply chains that power the US economy. Keeping US technology companies like Apple, IBM, and Google in business means keeping Taiwan from being blockaded, bombed, and overrun. Third, it’s about the homeland. Chinese officials have repeatedly threatened to launch nuclear attacks on major US cities in the event of a war over Taiwan. ... Taiwan helps keep the Chinese military boxed in. Sixth, Taiwan is a fellow democracy and, therefore, its survival has intrinsic value.” Below is the full article by Ian Easton in the September 16, 2019 issue of the, "Taipei Times." http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2019/09/16/2003722357
  2. John said, "How soon: The time is at hand, when the voice like a Trumpet sounds." I like the emphasis on, "The time is at hand." Hopefully today.
  3. Within the article on "The Great Artesian Basin," are scientific facts that the dinosaurs were destroyed as a species after the flood of Noah. The following is a quote of the section. Well-preserved dinosaur footprints are also reported toward the top of the stratigraphic sequence in the Winton Formation at Lark Quarry, a site 120 km southwest of Winton in central Queensland.37 Excavations in 1976 by a large labour force of volunteers revealed several thousand footprints representing the trackways of well over 100 bipedal dinosaurs, many of them apparently no bigger than chickens. Part of a plan view of the footprints is reproduced from Thulborn and Wade38 in Figure 5. A thick overburden of sandstone needed to be broken up by jack-hammers and levered out with crowbars to expose the footprints. In all some 60 tons of overburden was removed. It was then necessary to clean the footprints by removing the sandstone which filled them. Footprints have been uncovered at three locations spanning some 200 m, and all appear to be at the same stratigraphic level. This strongly suggests that the footprints are part of the Winton Formation itself. The presence of footprints is important because it rules out the Recessive stage of the Flood event as shown in Table 4. The Bible records that “Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died” (Genesis 7:22). This would have included dinosaurs, because even if they were amphibious and comfortable in shallow, near-shore waters, the strong deep currents of the Flood would have overwhelmed them. This is suggested as the explanation for many dinosaur graveyards in North America,39 and is doubtless the cause of their mass extinction. Table 4. Classification of footprints within the biblical geological model of Walker.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 1:1, “The Church at Thessalonica” “Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Map of Thessalonica (Greece) and Surrounding Area The Map of Thessalonica is the courtesy of: http://www.ccel.org/bible/phillips/JBPhillips.htm Also, Wikipedia has a interesting article on the history of Thessalonica. Here is the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thessaloniki The apostle Paul was a missionary. In his second missionary journey, Paul, Silas, and Timothy, travelled to Thessalonica and preached the gospel, Acts 17:1-15. They initially preached the gospel in the local synagogue. The Lord blessed with many Greeks, or Gentiles, being converted. Due to a heart of envy, the missionary group was persecuted and had to leave the area, after three weeks, and they then travelled to Berea and then to Athens. At the end of the book of Thessalonica we read this note. “The first epistle unto the Thessalonians was written from Athens.” Although not considered inspired by God and included in Holy Writ, the note can be assumed as historical truth. “… unto the church of the Thessalonians.” In the brief time that the apostle Paul, Silas, and Timothy were at the city of Thessalonica, and in the time of persecution, the Greeks living there believed the message of salvation. A local church was established. The apostle Paul is clearly referring to one congregation of believers and not to some “Universal Church.” The notion of a “Universal Church” in either First or Second Thessalonians is non existent. The church was a local assembly. No ecclesiastical hierarchy is mentioned, or implied, in either First or Second Thessalonians nor any other portion of scripture. In 1 Thessalonians 1: 6a we read this very important phase concerning our study in the local church, “And ye became followers of us and of the Lord ...” The Thessalonian saints followed the teachings, and godly living of Paul and the other brethren, left their idolatrous practices, learned the doctrines of the scriptures, and became soul-winners. “… followers of us and of the Lord ...” includes the doctrine of the local church. The Lord Jesus is the head of the church: Matthew 16:18, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” There is to be no ecclesiastical authority, or denomination, of any kind to be over the local assembly. Concerning Baptism: Believers only and baptism by immersion only, “Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.” Acts 1:22
  5. Looking forward to a discussion on the Basic Revelation Outline - The Four Returns of Christ.
  6. I too have heard Kent Hovind, long time ago, talk about the students called "contractors" and "missionaries." To this day, Kent Hovind, and his followers, still call the students contractors or missionaries. But, the court indictment is very clear, and is the legal indictment, of Kent Hovind. As Kent Hovind was convicted on all of the accounts in the indictment as it was read then Kent Hovind did not prove his case that the employees of CSE were bona fide missionaries nor contractors. As far as I am concerned, I agree with the prosecution that the students were employees and not missionaries nor contractors. One of the reasons why I am fully behind the prosecution of Kent Hovind is his continual dis-honesty, the bending of truth, outright deception, lack of character, lack of HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS, in this area and in many, many, other areas that the prosecution brought out.
  7. No Nicolaitanes, Online Baptist would not be the same without you. Oh! If you left, where would we find the funnies? Anybody that likes Yosemite Sam has to be a friend that we cannot lose. Alan
  8. The official court indictment clearly states "missionaries" and adds that they were "employees" at CSE under the authority of Kent Hovind. But, Shoostie says "they weren't his employees" on one post and on his Sunday (September 15, 2019), post says that the employees at CSE were "contractors." Who is lying? or trying to deceive? Are the Federal prosecutors lying or in deception? Or, is Shoostie lying or is being deceptive? As far as as I am concerned, Shootsie is an unreliable witness, has been deceptive in his previous answers, deliberately ignored clear scriptural truth. so, I believe that Federal prosecutors are telling the truth and not Shoostie nor Kent Hovind.
  9. I will give one lie at this time. Once we discussed this lie we can go onto the next. If you refuse to acknowledge this lie, or not be honest, nor sincere, in your answer, than I will decide what to do next. Based on your previous avoidance of telling the truth, nor acknowledged the truth that was presented, I need to take some precautions in dealing with you. In my March 11, 2019 post I stated, "But, he knowingly failed to pay taxes on his employees at his creation museum at Pensacola, and called his employees, students from PCC, 'missionaries.' The employees at that “Creation Science Evangelism Enterprises" hereafter known as 'CSE 'were not missionaries; most of them were students and all of them did work as an employee in a business. The CSE was a business and the IRS, and the Pensacola Court, rightly treated it as a business. Also, in my September 16, 2019 posting in this thread, the Pensacola Court document, 'Section H,' Kent Hovind told the lie that the employees were missionaries to the Federal authorities and was included in the indictment. Below is the copy Section H in the indictment: KENT E. HOVIND, did corruptly endeavor to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws by acts which include the following: a. Filing a petition for bankruptcy, and falsely listing the IRS as his only creditor, for the sole purpose of discharging this debt and forcing the IRS to release seized property; b. Filing a false and frivolous lawsuit against the IRS in which he demanded damages for criminal trespass and other false allegations during the IRS execution of a lawful court-issued search warrant; c. Filing a complaint for a preliminary injunction against an investigation IRS special agent and the Commissioner of the IRS; d. Making threats of harm to those investigating him and to those who may consider cooperating with their investigation; e. Filing a false complaint against investigating IRS agents with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; f. Filing a criminal complaint against investigating IRS special agents falsely alleging, among other things, false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive use of force, and theft or property; g. Destroying records; and, h. Paying his employees in cash and labeling them “missionaries” rather than employees to avoid payroll tax and Federal Insurance Contributions Act requirements. All in violation of Title, United States Code, Section 7212(a). Again, the employees of CSE were not, repeat, missionaries. This lie is a public shame and Kent Hovind deliberately called his employees missionaries in order to avoid paying taxes.
  10. I understand the purely 'statutory' laws of the United States that Kent Hovind knowingly, and deliberately, broke. If you would have read carefully my March 11, 2015 post that you ignored, you would have understood that the most serious of Hovind's sins was not against the laws of the United States, but against the Holiness and Righteous commands as set forth in the scriptures. Kent Hovind miss-used the office of a minister of God, miss-used the leadership of the husband, was not faithful in the work of God, was a liar, a deceiver, and was not blameless in the sight of God nor in the sight of man. Kent Hovind was not, repeat, was not, fighting for religious freedom in my eyes. In my eyes Kent Hovind was fighting against the laws of the United States. Whether or not we agree with those laws is a separate debate, but, as long as the tax laws, and other laws Kent is fighting against, is on the books of the laws of the United States of America than he must obey them. If Kent Hovind is a 'sovereign' citizen, and does not want to get a 'Wedding Certificate' and wants to destroy the blessings of God that God has bestowed us in the United States than it is my hope that he leaves the United States and finds some other country to spew out his venomous hatred towards the United States. For those on this board who know me personally, they understand that I was a firm follower of Kent Hovind before he lied, deceived, started to speak against the United States, and changed his doctrinal beliefs concerning prophetic doctrine. I have seen other Christians, in communist China, persecuted by a totalitarian government. And, in small way, have personally experienced persecution in China. So, in my heart, it pains me to see, or even hear, a Christian being persecuted by a Government official. But, in my understanding, and I have studied the issue, Kent Hovind is the cause of his legal and family problems and is not suffering for the cause of Christ nor religious freedom.
  11. A further link in the article gives great scientific detail concerning the "Great Artesian Basin" and gives this conclusion. "Conclusion Certain features of the Great Artesian Basin, such as its large size, the presence of fossil footprints, minimal disturbance and erosional features, allow a reasonable classification of the structure within the biblical geologic model of Walker. The Great Artesian Basin was deposited during the upper Zenithic phase, the top of the structure in the Surat Basin area representing the top of the Zenithic phase in eastern Australia. In addition, the structure was extensively eroded during the Recessive stage, as defined by Walker’s biblical geologic model.55 As more of the geology of an area is classified within this model we will begin to appreciate the relative volumes of sediment associated with different phases and form better estimates of the time involved." Here is the link to the "Great Artesian Basin" article. https://creation.com/great-artesian-basin
  12. Quite frankly, as Dave said, "...you are unbelievable."
  13. The official court documents stands on its own merit, facts of the case and is perfectly understandable.
  14. Brethren We will be studying "The Local Church" in the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. In connection with 1 & 2 Thessalonians, we will be referencing Acts 17:1-15. Alan
  15. The material that I posted is an official court document. In November 2006 Kent Hovind was convicted on the complete 58 count indictment and in January 2007 Kent Hovind was sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison. I am not bashing Kent Hovind I am presently concrete facts that you do not agree with. You are the one who does not understand what it was all about. Besides deliberately breaking the laws of the United States, Kent Hovind caused shame and reproach to the name of the Lord Jesus in other matters as I clearly brought out in my March 11, 2015 posting which you ignored. In fact, you ignore any facts presented and twist what all is said in these studies. You are the one who is in ignorance of spiritual sins of Kent Hovind. In fact the spiritual sins of Kent Hovind are far worse than the actual crimes that he committed and was in prison for and will be dealt at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
  16. Here is a copy of the 58 count Structuring indictment on Kent Hovind: IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PENSACOLA DIVISION UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. KENT E. HOVIND and JO D. HOVIND ——————————————————— THE GRAND JURY CHARGES: COUNTS ONE THROUGH TWELVE A. INTRODUCTION At all times relevant to this indictment: 1. In general, employers must withhold, deposit, report, and pay federal income tax as well as Social Security and Medicare taxes from employee wages. The amount of federal income tax withheld is based on an employee’s martial status and the withholding allowances as reported by the employee to the employer on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-4. Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes provide a federal system of old age, survivors, disability, (Social Security tax) and hospital insurance (Medicare tax). Employers are required to withhold FICA taxes from employee’s wages and pay a matching amount of these taxes. During the times relevant to this indictment, the employee tax rate for Social Security was 6.2% of the employees’ gross wages which was withheld from the employees’ wages, and the employer tax rate was also 6.2% (12.4% total). The employee tax rate for Medicare was 1.45% of the employees’ gross wages, which was withheld form the employees’ wages and the employer tax rate for Medicare was also 1.45% (2.9% total). Employers were required to deposit federal income tax withheld along with FICA taxes by submitting quarterly payments to the IRS. Each quarter, all employers who paid wages subject to federal income tax withholding and FICA taxes were required to file Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, by the last day of the month that follows the end of the quarter. This return reported the among of federal income tax and FICA tax withheld from employee wages as well as the employer’s share of FICA tax due and owing. 2. KENT E. HOVIND owned and operated “Creation Science Evangelism Enterprises/Ministry” (“CSE”), located in Pensacola, Florida. As part of CSE, KENT E. HOVIND operated “Dinosaur Adventure Land,” a children’s theme park on 5800 North Palafox Street in Pensacola, Florida which includes rides, a museum and science center. In addition KENT E. HOVIND, through CSE sold literature, videos, CDs, and other materials, and provided lecture services and live debates for a fee. 3. KENT E. HOVIND employed or caused to be employed salaried and hourly-wage workers at CSE and the various related business entities he controlled (hereafter referenced collectively as “CSE”). 4. As the owner/operator of CSE and its related entities, KENT E. HOVIND was responsible for the preparation of employee wages and withholding of federal income tax and FICA tax from employees’ bi-weekly paychecks. KENT E. HOVIND was likewise responsible for paying federal income tax and FICA tax withheld to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and filing the appropriate IRS Forms 941, Employer’s Quarterly Tax Returns, for SE, reporting amounts withheld and the employer’s share of the FICA tax to the IRS. 5. KENT E. HOVIND failed to obtain W-4 information from CSE employees and failed to withhold taxes from employee wages. 6. KENT E. HOVIND failed to file IRS Forms 941, Employer’s Quarterly Tax Returns, reporting federal income tax FICA tax from employee wages to the IRS. 7. When employers failed to withhold taxes from employee wages, the IRS calculated the income tax withholding rate, and thus income taxes due and owing at 20%. B. CHARGE That on or about the dates specified below, in the Northern District of Florida, the defendant, KENT E. HOVIND a resident of Pensacola, Florida, who owned and operated CSE in Pensacola, Florida and as such, was the person responsible for collecting and paying over federal income tax and FICA tax for CSE, and who, during the quarters of the tax years specified below, did willfully fail to deduct, collect, truthfully account for and pay over to the IRS federal income tax and FICA tax from the total taxable wages of CSE employees which were due and owing to the United States of America, in the approximate amounts enumerated below, by failing to file the appropriate IRS Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return for CSE and on the due dates, and failing to withhold and pay federal income tax and FICA tax to the IRS. COUNT QUARTER ENDING DUE DATE OF RETURN TAX DUE AND OWING ONE March 31, 2001 April 30, 2001 $29,400 TWO June 30, 2001 July 31, 2001 $33,757 THREE September 30, 2001 October 31, 2001 $37, 482 FOUR December 31, 2001 January 31, 2001 $31, 987 FIVE March 31, 2002 April 30, 2002 $40, 889 SIX June 30, 2002 July 31, 2002 $40, 889 SEVEN September 30, 2002 October 31, 2002 $40, 889 EIGHT December 31, 2002 January 31, 2003 $40, 889 NINE March 31, 2003 April 30, 2003 $36,463 TEN June 30, 2003 July 31, 2003 $44,967 ELEVEN September 30, 2003 October 31, 2003 $46,653 TWELVE December 31, 2003 January 31, 2004 $49,553 All in violation of Title 26 United States Code, Section 7202. COUNTS THIRTEEN THROUGH FIFTY-SEVEN That in the dates specified below, in the Northern District of Florida, the defendants, KENT E. HOVIND and JO D. HOVIND knowingly and for the purpose of evading reporting requirements of Section 5313(a) of Title 31, United States Code, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, structured, assisted in structuring, and caused to be structured the following transactions, each transaction being a cash withdrawal from AmSouth Bank, a domestic federally-insured financial institution: COUNT DATE OF CHECK AMOUNT WITHDRAWN THIRTEEN July 20, 2001 $9,500 FOURTEEN July 23, 2001 $9,500 FIFTHTEEN July 26, 2001 $9,500 SIXTEEN August 2, 2001 $9,500 SEVENTEEN August 10, 2001 $9,500 EIGHTEEN August 23, 2001 $9,500 NINETEEN August 31, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY September 7, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY-ONE September 11, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY-TWO September 18, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY-THREE September 19, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY-FOUR September 27, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY-FIVE October 04, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY-SIX October 10, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY-SEVEN October 19, 2001 $9,500 TWENTY-EIGHT October 23, 2001 $9,600 TWENTY-NINE November 2, 2001 $9,600 THIRTY November 7, 2001 $9,600 THIRTY-ONE November 19, 2001 $9,600 THIRTY-TWO November 28, 2001 $9,600 THIRTY-THREE December 5, 2001 $9,600 THIRTY-FOUR December 11, 2001 $9,600 THIRTY-FIVE December 28, 2001 $9,600 THIRTY-SIX December 31, 2001 $9,600 THIRTY-SEVEN January 11, 2002 $9,600 THIRTY-EIGHT January 18, 2002 $9,600 THIRTY-NINE January 22, 2002 $9,600 FORTY February 2, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-ONE February 13, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-TWO February 20, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-THREE February 26, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-FOUR March 6, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-FIVE March 8, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-SIX March 11, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-SEVEN March 25, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-EIGHT April 19, 2002 $9,600 FORTY-NINE May 10, 2002 $9,600 FIFTY June 13, 2002 $9,600 FIFTY-ONE July 1, 2002 $9,600 FIFTY-TWO July 17, 2002 $9,600 FIFTY-THREE July 22, 2002 $9,600 FIFTY-FOUR July 29, 2002 $9,600 FIFTY-FIVE August 2, 2002 $9,600 FIFTY-SIX August 6, 2002 $9,600 FIFTY-SEVEN August 9, 2002 $9,600 All in violation of Title 31, United States Code, Sections 5324(a)(3) and 5324(d), Title 31, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 103.11, and Title United States Code, Section 2. COUNT FIFTY-EIGHT 1. Part A of Counts One through Twelve is hereby realleged as if fully set forth herein. 2. That between in or about March 1996 up to and including the dates of the return of this indictment, in the Northern District of Florida, the defendant, KENT E. HOVIND, did corruptly endeavor to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws by acts which include the following: a. Filing a petition for bankruptcy, and falsely listing the IRS as his only creditor, for the sole purpose of discharging this debt and forcing the IRS to release seized property; b. Filing a false and frivolous lawsuit against the IRS in which he demanded damages for criminal trespass and other false allegations during the IRS execution of a lawful court-issued search warrant; c. Filing a complaint for a preliminary injunction against an investigation IRS special agent and the Commissioner of the IRS; d. Making threats of harm to those investigating him and to those who may consider cooperating with their investigation; e. Filing a false complaint against investigating IRS agents with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; f. Filing a criminal complaint against investigating IRS special agents falsely alleging, among other things, false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive use of force, and theft or property; g. Destroying records; and, h. Paying his employees in cash and labeling them “missionaries” rather than employees to avoid payroll tax and Federal Insurance Contributions Act requirements. All in violation of Title, United States Code, Section 7212(a). CRIMINAL FORFEITURE 1. The allegations contained in Counts Thirteen through Fifty-Seven of this Indictment are hereby realleged and incorporated by reference for the purpose of alleging forfeitures to the United States. 2. Upon convictions of any of the violations alleged in Counts Thirteen through Fifty-Seven of this Indictment, the defendants, KENT E. HOVIND and JO D. HOVIND, Shall forfeit to the United States, pursuant to Title, United States Code, Section 982(a)(1) and Title 31, United States Code, Section 5317(c), any and all property, real and personal, involved in the offense alleged in Counts Thirteen through Fifty-Seven and any property traceable thereto. 3. If any of the property described above as being subject to forfeiture, as a result of any act or omission of the defendants: a. cannot be located upon the exercise of due diligence; b. has been transferred or sold to, or deposited with, a third person; c. has been placed beyond the jurisdiction of the Court; and, d. has been substantially diminished in value; or has been commingled with other property which cannot be subdivided without difficulty; it is the intent of the United States pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 982(b)(1) and Title, United States Code Section 5317(c)(1)(B), to seek forfeiture of any other property of said defendants up to the value of the above-described property. All in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 982(a)(1) and Title 31, Untied States Code, Section 5217(c).
  17. Here is the link to a copy of the 58 count Structuring indictment, on Kent Hovind: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/HovindIndictment.pdf
  18. Here is another thread on the Hovind debacle. My post is on March 11, 2015
  19. Shootsie said, "I believe government problems ..." The government, the IRS, of the United States did not have any problems in the prosecution of Kent Hovind. The government of the United States was correct in the prosecution of Kent Hovind as Mr. Kent Hovind knew exactly, I repeat, knew exactly, what crimes he was committing against the IRS. All of the problems that Mr. Kent Hovind had with the IRS, his wife, his family, and his time in jail was 100 % Hovind's fault. To this day, Kent Hovind is an embarrassment to the cause of the Lord Jesus and the saints. The two failed marriages are entirely Kent Hovind's fault.
  20. Alan

    Tracts.

    Brethren, The offer of free Chinese tracts, and, or, English translations of the tracts, are still good.You may send me a PM if desired. If you want to look at the tracts, or download a pdf copy of the tracts, here is the website address: http://taiwanvbc.com/gospeltracts.html Also, all of the tracts, whether Chinese or English, are free of charge and there is no copyright. If anybody wants to add the church website onto a your church website, or your personal website, as a link, than feel free to do so. We are now in the States on furlough, so, as the postage is very minimal, we can send larger quantities. As we are travelling most every week, and there is no secretary, it may take awhile to send any tracts requested. As my wife reminds me, 'slow,' is my middle name. God bless! Alan
  21. Alan

    God Raises Up Joseph

    John, Glad to know that the devotion on God raising up Joseph was a blessing to you. Alan
  22. Alan

    God Raises Up Joseph

    Genesis 41:37-46, “God Raises Up Joseph” Introduction The Psalmist said, “Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.” Psalm 113:5-8 God is going to lift Joseph out of the depths of the dungeon of Egypt, the dunghill of Egypt, the poorest of the poor, and set him above the princes of Egypt. Joseph is a type of the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus was the poorest of the poor during His lifetime. When the soldiers crucified the Lord Jesus He only had the clothes on His bloody back and was mocked as one that was filled with the filth of the world. God so highly exalted the Lord Jesus that now He sits on the His throne on the right hand of the Father in Heaven. Joseph gave Pharaoh wise counsel. Joseph knew that God wanted to help the nation of Egypt and his family. So, Joseph used his talents for the glory of God and was able to help other people. Joseph used his mouth to bring God glory and wisdom to give Pharaoh wise counsel. Proverbs 12:14, “A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.” We need to be like Joseph. To use our mouth for the glory of God and use wisdom to give other people counsel. God has tested Joseph. Now Joseph is ready for God to use to help the nation of Egypt. God is going to promote Joseph from the prison to the palace. Psalm 113:7 & 8, “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.” Joseph is a type of Christ. The Lord Jesus humbled Himself. The Lord Jesus left the glories of heaven and came to earth. The Lord Jesus became like a servant and helped other people. Philippians 2:5-8, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Joseph had this type of mind. Joseph believed that even as a slave, or prisoner, though wrongly convicted, he could serve God in the depths of prison. The Lord Jesus – A Better Joseph “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:4 The Lord Jesus was better than the angels, better than Joseph, better than any saint, better than the Law, and better than Moses . Therefore, the glory due to the Lord Jesus will be better, will exceed and surpass, all of the glory of the angels, the Law, Moses, Joseph, or any other saint. Verse 37 - 30 Joseph was filled with the Spirit of God God showed the interpretation of Pharaoh's two dreams to Joseph. Pharaoh knew that God gave Joseph the correct interpretation of the two dreams and that Joseph used wisdom to give Pharaoh counsel. The servants of Pharaoh also knew that God gave Joseph the correct interpretation of the two dreams. The servants saw that the counsel of Joseph was wise. Joseph was bold in his witness. Joseph gave the glory to God for the correct interpretation of the two dreams. Joseph was filled with the Holy Spirit. Joseph walked in the Spirit. When a person is filled with the Holy Spirit he will witness like Joseph and be able to correctly interpret the scriptures. As with the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit was with Joseph. Throughout his life, Joseph had the fruits of the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:22 & 23. Joseph walked in the Holy Spirit of God as Paul the apostle taught every saint to walk in the Holy Spirit of God, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 As the Holy Spirit was with Joseph, the fulness of the Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus is better than the Spirit given to Joseph. John the Baptist said, “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” John 3:34 Verse 39 God was with Joseph Pharaoh knew in his heart that God gave Joseph the interpretation of the two dreams. Pharaoh also said that Joseph was discreet and wise. Joseph could discern between hard choices and make wise decisions. In Acts 7:9 & 10 we read, “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him. And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.” The brothers of Joseph, as with the Lord Jesus, were moved with envy to destroy him. But, Joseph, as with the Lord Jesus, ‘God was with him’ and delivered Joseph, and the Lord Jesus, out of their afflictions. As God was with Joseph, in the life of the Lord Jesus, God was with the Lord Jesus in a better way. “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” John 8:29 Verse 40 -44 Pharaoh makes Joseph Governor of the land of Egypt Psalm 113:7 & 8, “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.” God works in the lives of men, even in the poorest of conditions, and lifts up those into responsible positions of authority in order to help other people. Now, God will give Joseph ‘favour and wisdom’ in the sight of Pharaoh. Pharaoh understood that Joseph gave the proper interpretation of the dream that God gave him. Pharaoh also understood that God gave Joseph the wisdom, discretion, and understanding that was required to save the nation of Egypt from destruction. Pharaoh found out that Joseph ruled the house of Potiphar well, he ruled the prison well. Therefore, Pharaoh knew that Joseph could rule the land of Egypt well. Because of the wisdom, faithfulness, and discretion of Joseph in ruling previous responsibilities well, Pharaoh make Joseph ruler over Egypt. The Egyptians then bowed the knee before Joseph in recognition of his authority and position of power in the nation of Egypt. Joseph is a Type of Christ The Lord Jesus left heaven, humbled Himself, and became like a servant. Because the Lord Jesus was obedient and died on the Cross of Calvary; God exalted the Lord Jesus. Philippians 2: 9-11 teaches, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ” Every Knee will bow on the Earth to the Lord Jesus The glory that Joseph had in Egypt was great. Every knee bowed before him and all of the Egyptians were a witness to his wisdom and discretion in leadership for the physical salvation of the nation. The glory of the Lord Jesus will be far better than than the glory of Joseph. One day, on the face of the earth, the knee of the people of the different nations of the world, will bow to the Lord Jesus as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. The prophet Zechariah prophesied, “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.” Zechariah 14:16 & 17 The prophecy by the prophet Zechariah of all of the nations, or families, bowing before the King, the LORD of hosts, in Jerusalem, during the feast of Tabernacles, has not been fulfilled, in any sense of the word, since Zechariah penned this prophecy. Every Knee will Bow in Heaven to the Lord Jesus One day, at the Great White Throne of Judgment, as written in Revelation 20:11-15, every person that has lived on the earth, will bow the knee before Jesus and confess that He is lord. Revelation 20:11-15 says, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which are written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” The knee of Buddha will bow. The knee of Confucius will bow. The knee of every Taoist will bow. The knee of every lost politician, the knee of every atheist, the knee of every agnostic, the knee of every lost religious hypocrite and false teacher. Every individual from every county, in every culture, will confess that Jesus is Lord to give God the glory. Verse 45 Joseph gets married. Joseph was a Hebrew: a Jew. His wife was a Gentile: Egyptians are Gentiles. The Lord Jesus is a Hebrew: a Jew. The wife of the Lord Jesus, the church, is mostly Gentiles. Ephesians 3:6, “That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” Ephesians 5:23-25, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” The Bride of Christ is the church. One day, in heaven the church will be without spot or wrinkles, and we will be sanctified wholly. The ‘spot’ and ‘wrinkles’ are the false doctrines, false teachers, false teachings, and insincere motives and lack of holiness and sanctification of the saints in the local congregations. We ought to love the church. If a person loves the Lord Jesus than he will love the church. Verse 46 Joseph's History Joseph was 17 years old when his brothers sold him into slavery. Now Joseph is 30 years old and is exalted as the ruler of Egypt. For 13 years Joseph was a slave or in prison. Initially, the brothers of Joseph were going to kill Joseph and the life of Joseph would have ended when he was 17 years old. “And when they [the brothers of Joseph] saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.” Genesis 37:18 If Joseph would have died at age 17 than he would not have been made ruler of Egypt at 30 years of age. At 30 years old, at he prime of his life, Joseph was exalted. In the history of man, when a person dies, death means the end of his ability to rule, the ability to obtain fame, and the ability to do his will. A lot of men, especially in time of war, are cut down in the prime of life. Even in death, the Lord Jesus was better. The Lord Jesus was cut down, crucified on the cross, died, in the prime of His life. If the Lord Jesus was an ordinary man than that would have been the end of His career. But, the Lord Jesus was ‘better’ than man and rose from the dead. The resurrection from the dead by the Lord Jesus gives us the eternal hope of eternal salvation and a new body in heaven. The Lord Jesus was perfect, sinless, and righteous in every aspect of the word in word and deed. And, after He died, was resurrected and then entered into His glory in heaven. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:1-3 As with Joseph, so will the Lord Jesus rule the world in the proper timing of the Father in heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The history of the Lord Jesus is far better than the history of Joseph and the end has not been fulfilled as of yet; nor will the history ever be fulfilled. The exaltation of the Lord Jesus will be far better than the exaltation of Joseph in Egypt.
  23. Brethren, Concerning the fulfillment of the prophets of the Old Testament in a literal interpretation of Revelation 20:6-8, in this study we have brought out some of the errors of: Preterism, Philip Mauro, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Pastor Steven Anderson, A-millennialism, and the Seventh Day Adventist. In my current study of the Church of Christ denomination, I have read that most, not all, of the Church of Christ denomination are preterist and A-millennialist. For example. In his book on Revelation, Bruce Adams, a Church of Christ author, states, "JUDGMENT DAY (CHAPTER20) It is my judgment that chapter 20 follows chapter 19 chronologically. It follows the destruction of Jerusalem and the defeat of Satan. It begins with the binding of Satan for a symbolic period of 1,000 years. It extends to the end of time and the final judgment." So, Bruce Adams clearly believes that Revelation 20:6-8 is "symbolic." I will be doing a further search in this matter and if I see that the Church of Christ denomination, as a whole, believes as the preterist and the a-millennialist believes, than I will be adding notes of various Church of Christ false teachers. Alan
  24. John, Jim and Rebecca, Thank you for enjoying these lessons. I am very happy to know that this series on the local church is a blessing, and a help, to you. MatthewDiscipleofGod, Very happy to see you return to Online Baptist and partake of the lessons. If you have any comments, or questions, concerning any of the previous lessons, please feel free to comment. I do not mind discussing previous lessons, or hearing comments on them. Brethren, I do hope that these lessons on the local church are a help to all. Again, I do not mind discussing previous lessons or hearing comments on them. Alan

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