Pastoral Epistles Lesson 9 Part 1

2 Timothy 3:1-2

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2 Timothy 3:1-2

Dr. John Cook / General Adult

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Pastoral Epistles Lesson 9 – Part 1

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2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

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“This know also”

  • God wants us to know what is coming.
  • Prophecy is proof of the greatness of our God!

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“in the last days”

  • The time we live in!

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“perilous times shall come”

  • ‌Sin makes the perils!
  • ‌Wickedness is a downhill path.
  • ‌The outcome of puffing man up- “Man is the measure of all things”

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  • 2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
  • Carefully consider the effect of one sin leading to another!

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“For men shall be lovers of their own selves”

  • “Selfies”
  • ‌Commanding characteristic of mankind before our Lord’s return.
  • ‌Self-love brings perilous times.
    • Those that are in love with themselves do not benefit anyone but themselves!
    • Note how self-love leads to more wicked behavior.
  • ‌“Me Generation”

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  • “Gains the name of the game!”
    • Can’t get enough, build enough!
  • Love of money overruling all other love!

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  • 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    • Painful to pursue!

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  • ‌Bragging on self and self accomplishments!
  • Thinking self is the answer to the world.

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  • ‌Pride is guaranteed to bring a fall as the novice warned of in

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  • 1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
    • Pride is not of God:

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  • 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
    • Pride stands in the way of a man getting saved:

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  • Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek afterGod: God is not in all his thoughts.
    • Men are proud of self, possessions, sins, and their intellect

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  • ‌Perfect description of men’s mouths today!

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  • James 2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
    • Characteristic of the antichrist:

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Revelation 13:6

 KJV 1900

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

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“disobedient to parents”

  • Major characteristic of children today!
    • Stubborn, rebellious!
    • Demanding children’s rights.
  • Children are just little adults in a child’s body:

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  • Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
    • God does not agree!

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  • Not grateful to man or God!
  • Believe they are owed it all!
  • Opposite of what we are to be as children of God:

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  • Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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  • ‌Wicked and filthy:

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  • Jude 8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
    • Remember this all started with “self-love”
    • But there is more to come:

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 9)

2 Timothy 2:19-26

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8

Part 9

2 Timothy 2:19-26

Introduction: We are continuing our study on the Pastoral Epistles, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. We have seen the importance of studying the words of God, the importance of reminding, and shunning man’s empty and foolish questioning of scripture.

      Now we are reminded of the stability, and responsibility, that is ours.

  1. The Stability (2 Timothy 2:19)
    1. “Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure”
      1. The foundation (cf. Eph.2:20; 1 Cor. 3:11)
      1. The unbelief of man does not make the words of God empty.
        1. Faith may be shaken
        1. Not so the foundation of God.
    1. “having this seal”
      1. Seal of ownership and authority (cf. Esther 3:12)
        1. We are “sealed” (see Eph. 1:13)
    1. “the Lord knoweth them that are his” (cp. John 10:14)
      1. Only 3 people know whether saved or not (God, me, the devil—Dr. Peter Ruckman)
        1. This is the guarantee of my salvation.
          1. 2 seals (This one; and Hebrews 13:5)
          1. This is my eternal security.
  2. The Responsibility (2 Timothy 2:19ff)
    1. “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”
      1. Received the Savior, leave the paths of sin.
      1. This is my duty to the Savior. (cf. Luke 17:10)
      1. Reject false doctrines wicked behavior that appeals to the flesh.
  3. Usefulness (2 Tim 2:20)
    1. “a great house” (cf. 1 Tim. 3:!5; Heb 3:6)
      1. What a truly great house is our Lord’s.
    1. “vessels of gold…silver…honour”
      1. “vessels” people believers
    1. “vessels of……dishonour”
      1. “vessels” people “make-believers”
        1. “Make-believers” could be Christian that pretends things that are so are not so; and things that are so are not so”
    1. What makes the difference?
  4. Difference (2 Tim. 2:21)
    1. “If a man therefore purge himself”
      1. Personal behavior, choice
    1. “from these”
      1. These speaks to the false doctrine, and false teachers, that some have followed.
      1. Separation required for purging. (Negative)
    1. “he shall be a vessel unto honour…meet for the Master’s use”
      1. Separated believer (Negative that brings about a positive.)
      1. Studier of the Scripture (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
      1. Obedient to the Lord’s Leadership (Example: Acts 16:6,7,9-10)
    1. “meet” (cf. Gen. 2:18)
    1. “sanctified”
      1. Separated to the Savior (cf. Rom. 6:13,19)
    1. “prepared unto every good work”
      1. Preparation for service.
  5. Run Away (2 Tim. 2:22)
    1. “Flee also youthful lusts” 
      1. We are not to argue the point, nor stay in its neighborhood.
      1. Run quickly like Joseph (cp. Gen. 29:7-12)
      1. Required of a “vessel unto honor”
    1. “Follow after”
      1. We are going to walk one way or the other, choose the way of the Lord.
      1. Don’t try to live in a vacuum (Replace the negative with the positive)
        1. “put off” “put on” (Eph 4:22,25 with 4:24; 6:11)
  6. Avoid (2 Tim. 2:23)
    1. “foolish and unlearned questions”
      1. Repeated warnings show danger and avoidance needed.
      1. Example: Genesis 3:1
    1. “knowing…gender strife”
      1. Purpose is not what we are to be focused on.
  7. Restrictions to Service (2 Tim. 2:24,25)
    1. “must not strive”
      1. Violation of vs. 23 will lead to violation of vs. 24
      1. Deals with personal work, personal soul-winning or counseling. (NOT preaching)
      1. Flip side in preaching (cf. Rom. 15:20; 1 Thess. 2:2; Tit. 1:13; 1 Tim. 2:20; 2Tim 4:2; Acts 9:29; 1 Cor 15:36; Phil 3:19; Rom 3:8)
        1. Importance of “rightly dividing word” for right application.
    1. “in meekness instructing”
      1. “meekness” forbearance, patient, quiet temperament.
    1. “those that oppose themselves”
      1. They are their own worst enemy.
      1. Give them the truth.
    1. “if God peradventure”
      1. God must move in the hearts of men.
        1. Does so through His words (cf. Mark 4:4; Deut. 8:3)
    1. “peradventure”
      1. Based on what a man does with the words of God.
        1. Receive or reject bring opposite effects.
    1. “give them repentance”
      1. God will work in the heart of those that receive His words.
      1. Notice the last part of this verse:
    1. “to the acknowledging of the truth”
      1. Here is the condition that must be met.
        1. Remember this specifically deals with those that were drawn way from the truth.
  8. Recovery (2 Tim 2:26)
    1. “That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil”
      1. Conditional to escape the devil’s trap.
    1. “that are taken captive by him at his will”
      1. The devil’s will is to trap men in unbelief.
      1. He can snare men if. Hs so chooses
        1. We are all susceptible to his snares. (Psa. 39:5)
        1. He trapped Job (Job 1:9-11)
        1. He trapped Peter (cf. Luke 22:31-34, 57)

Conclusion: So, what have we learned?

  • Stability and responsibility
  • Difference in vessels
  • Usefulness a product of obedience and faith in God’s words.

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 8)

2 Timothy 2:15-19

Pastoral Epistles

Lesson 8 Part 8

2 Timothy 2:15-19

Introduction: We enter now on obedience to the scripture that is changed in every so-called updated bible. This is the only place in Scripture where we are told to “study” God’s word. Who would want to remove that????

  1. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
    1. “Study” a work in itself (Ecclesiastes 12:12)
      1. Previous Timothy called to suffer, now he is called to his work.
        1. The job of all pastors begins here.
      1. Requires:
        1. Read (Deuteronomy 17:19)
        1. Believe (Psalms 119:160)
        1. Meditate (Psalms 119:15)
        1. Pray over (Psalms 119:18, 34)
        1. Look for doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16)
    1. “to shew thyself approved unto God” (cf. 2 Corinthians 10:18)
      1. The goal of every preacher (God’s approval) (Matthew 25:23; Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; Hebrews 11:5-6)
    1. “a workman”
      1. Preachers must accomplish their given work (Example John 21:21-22)
    1. “needeth not to be ashamed”
      1. In contrast to those who corrupt the words of God (2 Corinthians 2:17)
    1. “rightly dividing the word of truth”
      1. “Cut straight”
      1. Note there are definite divisions (Things that are different are not the same)
      1. Right division absolutely necessary to understand scripture.
        1. Example: OT NT
      1. Not in the business of inventing but in the business of delivering (2 Timothy 4:2)
    1. “truth” (Psalms 119:160)
  2. “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (2 Timothy 2:16)
    1. “shun” stay clear
    1. “profane and vain babblings”
      1. The teachings of men (Titus 3:9; 1 Timothy 1:4; 4:7; 6:20; Colossians 2:8)
  3. “And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;” (2 Timothy 2:17)
    1. “eat as doth a canker” (like cancer)
    1. “Hymenaeus and Philetus;” (false teachers in the church)
      1. Paul turned over to satan for the destruction of the flesh (1 Timothy 1:20)
        1. Overthrow the faith of some (1 Timothy 1:18)
  4. “Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” (2 Timothy 2:18)
    1. “concerning the truth have erred”
      1. Erring from the truth is sin.
        1. Note: they erred concerning “THE TRUTH”
      1. The truth they had erred from:
    1. “saying that the resurrection is past already”
      1. Denial of the resurrection is a corrupting doctrine
      1. The defense of which is found clearly and plainly in 1 Corinthians 15.
      1. The doctrine of the resurrection is the foundation of the Gospel message (no resurrection no gospel.)
        1. Corrupted the interpretation of the clear teaching of Scripture.
      1. The first resurrection is physical (Rev. 20:2-5), future, is not the second resurrection (which is also future) (Rev. 20:11-15)
        1. “The King is Coming” basically teaches a general resurrection.
    1. “overthrow the faith of some”
      1. To overthrow is to take by force.
      1. The fruit of erring from the truth.
        1. “Error is productive, it spreads like wildfire, destroys the faith of some”
  5. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
    1. “the foundation of God”
      1. Christ and the Apostles (Eph. 2:20; 1 Cor. 3:11)
      1. Context is someone’s faith being overthrown compared to a faith which cannot be overthrown.
        1. The faith that God laid  (1 Tim. 1:2, 4, 19; 2 Tim. 3:8; 4:7; Tit. 1:1,4)
      1. The faith of our God is secure.
    1. “having this seal”
      1. First seal comforts: “the Lord knoweth them that are his”
        1. He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5)
        1. He has sealed us (Ephesians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22)
        1. He knows us (John 10:14)
    1. “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
      1. Response to the Lord’s seal upon us is departing from iniquity.
        1. Leave the paths of sin.
      1. This is my duty as His purchased possession (1 Corinthians 6:20)

Conclusion: So let us do our duty to God and glorify the One that bought us out of the slave market of sin.

      In our next study we will consider, to begin with, the vessels in the household.

Just a Thought on Revelation 17! Part 2

Revelation 17:7-18

Just a Thought on Revelation 17! Part 2

Just a Thought on Revelation

Part 2

Revelation 17:7-18

Introduction: John has seen the woman that is “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” He wonders at the sight of her and is not able to identify her at that time. The angel Then goes on to identify her to John and to us.

  1. The Angel’s question to John. (Vs. 7)
    1. “Wherefore didst thou marvel”: A certainty that this does not just deal with pagan Rome of John’s day.
      1. No question as to pagan Rome’s opposition to believers in his day.
    1. “I will tell thee the mystery of the woman…the beast”: No guess work needed, God’s words identify them both.
  2. The identity of the beast. Vs. 8
    1. “The beast that thou sawest was…is not…shall ascend out of the bottomless pit…go into perdition”
      1. A person that was in the past, is not in John’s day, shall come out of hell in the future and shall return to hell.
        1. Satan the imitator.
        1. Judas (?) was, is not alive in John’s day, is in hell shall come out of hell and return to hell.
          1. Judas is called a devil (John 6:70)
          1. Judas is called the son of perdition (John 17:12 cp with 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4): direct connection to antichrist.
          1. Judas is said to go to his own place (Acts 1:24-25)
      1. Devil incarnate (Isaiah 14:15-19; Revelation 13:18)
    1. “Earth shall wonder”: the lost in the Tribulation astonished to see this person resurrected.
      1. Are deceived by wonders and signs (Matthew 24:24; Revelation 13:14; 19:20)
      1. Mystery of the satanic trinity (counterfeit trinity)
      1. Devil busy operating now in this world.
  3. The identity of the “seven heads” (vs. 9-11)
    1. “The mind which hath wisdom”:Wisdom comes from God (James 1:5)
    1. Identifies the heads as to geological location.
      1. “Are”: no question, or guess work.
      1. “Seven mountains on which the woman sitteth”: Rome.
    1.  “There are seven kings” (vs. 10 cf. 12:3): Nimrod, Pharaoh, Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, Alexander, Caesar (last kingdom seen in Gospels).
      1. The Lord counts by sevens.
    1. “Five are fallen”: Two kings of Babylon (Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar); Pharaoh (Egypt); Sennacherib (Assyria); Cyrus (Persia); Alexander (Greece).
    1. “One is”: Caesar (Rome)
    1. “The other is not yet come”: restored Roman, another king of Rome to come.
      1. “When he cometh, must continue for a short space”: antichrist.
    1. “Is of the seven”: identity of the beast as part of the past world empires
      1. 6th head of satan (number 666)
        1. Incarnate devil.
      1. “Goeth into perdition”: Judas back to hell.
  4. The ten horns. (Vs. 12-14)
    1. “Are ten kings…no kingdom as yet”: kingdoms to come.
    1. “Give their power and strength to the beast”: join up with the devil.
    1. “Make war with the Lamb”: gladly fight the Lord
    1. “The Lamb shall overcome them”: victory ahead.
    1. When Jesus comes there will be a revived Roman Empire.
      1. It is agreed in bible interpretation that the whore is Rome (even by the Roman Catholic Church)
        1. Pagan or today?
  5. The identity of the waters. (Vs. 15)
    1. “The waters…peoples…multitudes…nations…tongues”: clear identification the world today.
      1. “Where the whore sitteth”: she is in authority and living off of this world.
  6. Response of the world powers to the whore then (vs. 16)
    1. “Shall hate the whore”: no love; a marriage of convenience until then
    1. “Shall make her her…burn her”: This is the antichrist and his crowd.
      1. The world is cannibalistic eats their own
      1. The world hates the phony religion
      1. When the devil runs the dhow he will turn on Rome.
      1. Will occur at the time when the worship of the beast is set up.
  7. The world only thinks itself in control. (vs. 17)
    1. “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will”: God is in control.
      1. He is the mover of men, even though they know it not.
    1. “Until the words of God shall be fulfilled”: Note “words of God” (its the words brother its the words)
  8. The identity of “the woman” (vs. 18)
    1. “Is that great city that reigneth over the kings of the earth”: Rome rules today and she will join up with the antichrist then.

Conclusion: This then identifies for us what men would prefer to keep hidden. But God reveals the truth whether we like it or not.

Just a Thought on Revelation 17! Part 1

Revelation 17:1-7

Just a Thought on Revelation 17! Part 1

Just a Thought on Revelation 17

Part 1

Revelation 17:1-7

Introduction: We have now seen how the Lord works by sevens through the Book of Revelation, 7 seals (Rev. 5), 7 trumpets (Rev. 8), 7 thunders (Rev. 10:3), 7 vials (Rev. 15). Now we come to the 7 Dooms (Larkin). We shall consider the 1st Doom beginning in Revelation 17.

  • Ecclesiastical Babylon (Revelation 17) “mystery Babylon the great”
    • Revelation 17 and 18 are not the same Babylon.
      • Mystery deals with religious Babylon (Rev. 17)
      • Identified in Revelation 17
    • Called mystery because hidden in OT (cf. Eph. 3:1-21)
      • “mystery” that Christ has a bride (cf. Eph. 5:23-32 with Rev. 21:9-10)
      • “mystery Babylon” is the antichrist’s bride.
  • Babylon
    • Built on Euphrates, 1 of 4 rivers that flowed through the Garden of Eden.
    • Built by Nimrod (Gen. 10:8-10)
      • Headquarters of idolatry.
      • Idolatry of graven images, confession, priests, and nuns.
      • Origination of the Pontiff of Rome; worship of the queen of heaven.
  • John Called to “Come, hither” (Rev. 17:1)
    • “I will show unto thee”
      • One of the 7 angels that had the 7 vials.
    • “the judgment of the great whore”
      • This which John was about to see was a religious prostitute
        • Sold herself to the world leaders.
    • “sitteth upon many waters”
      • We will see the interpretation the “waters” in verse 15/
  • John Is About to See this “Whore” (Rev. 17:2)
    • “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication”
      • She is guilty of fornication with the world leaders
    • “the inhabitants of the world have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication”
      • The world is intoxicated with her.
  • John is “carried…into the wilderness” (Rev. 17:3)
    • There he sees “a woman sit on a scarlet coloured beast”
      • Connection to the devil (cp. Rev 12:1-4,9)
    • “full of the names of blasphemy”
      • They are both blasphemers of God and His words.
    • “having seven heads and ten horns” (cf. Rev 13:1)
  • Filthy and Filthy Rich (Rev. 17:4)
    • “the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls”
      • Is rich in the things of this world (cp. Rev. 3:17)
    • “purply and scarlet colour”
      • Colors of the Papacy.
    • “having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication”
      • Connection to Babylon (cf. Jer. 51:7)
      • Literal icon produced showing the queen of heaven holding the cup on the back of the beast.
        • Flip side the image of the Pope.
  • So, like the Antichrist (Rev. 17:5)
    • “upon her forehead was a name written”
      • As God marks His own (Rev. 14:1)
      • So, antichrist marks his own (Rev. 13:16,17)
    • “the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth”
      • Out of her come harlots and abominations.
      • Identified with idolatry and rebellion against God (cf. Gen. 10:10; 11:9)
        •  Idolatry is associated with sexual immorality and wickedness.
  • Hatred Made Manifest (Rev. 17:6)
    • I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints…of the martyrs of Jesus”
      • She is a drunk.
      • See this in history: the Inquisition
    • “when I saw her I wondered with great admiration”
      • John is shocked at what he sees.
        • Could not just be speaking of pagan Rome of john’s day, no shock there
        • Shocked at religious Rome.
  • Mystified by John’s Marveling. (Rev. 17:7)
    • “the angel…Wherefore didst thou marvel?”
      • The angel is shocked that John does not understand.
    • “I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
      • Four id’s about to be revealed!

Conclusion: We will pick up our study next time. What we have seen:

  • John is shown a woman that is seen in the OT as “the queen of heaven” (see. Jer. 7:18)
  • Babylon is identified with religious Rome.
  • A filthy religious organization and filthy rich like Laodicea.
  • A woman on the back of the beast (antichrist).

Just a Thought on Revelation 16! Part 4

Revelation 16:17-21

Just a Thought on Revelation 16! Part 4

Just a Thought on Revelation

Part 4

Revelation 16:17-21

Introduction: As we have said before, in our study on Just a Thought on Revelation, it seems we are taken through the Tribulation 4 times (like the 4 Gospels).

  1. Here destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19 cp. Revelation 18:2; 14:8)
    1. 3 simultaneous accounts (not chronological). (under antichrist Revelation 12-14; under vials 16:19; details of the event 17-18)
  2. Second coming of Christ not yet occurred.
    1. Gathering the troops of the nations (Revelation 16:13-16)
    1. Post Tribulation Rapture (Revelation 16:15)
    1. Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19)
      1. Revelation 17-18 description of Revelation 16:19.
    1. Post-Tribulation rapture (Revelation 16:15)
    1. Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19)
    1. Then 2nd Advent occurs (Revelation 19:11)
    1. Revelation 17-18 describes Revelation 16:19
  3. “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” (Revelation 16:17-18)
    1. Note: At the pouring out of the 7th vial, the breaking of the 7th seal, the sounding of the 7th trumpet the same things occur.
      1. Voices, thunderings, great lightenings, great earthquake
    1. Note: At the pouring of the 7th vial, sounding of the 7th trumpet: Great hail storm
      1. Shows what happens at the 7th seal, trumpet, vial same period pf time
      1. 7th seal reveals, 7th trumpets announces event to come, 7th vial executes them.
      1. 7th seal broken “silence in heave; 7th trumpet and 7th vial “Great voices”
    1.  “it is done”
      1. Christ declares from the cross “it is finished” (Finished salvation)
      1. Could be Christ declaring that the wrath of God is finished.
        1. End of Jacob’s trouble (70th week)
    1. Greatest earthquake this world has ever seen (Revelation 16:18)7t
  4. “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” (Revelation 16:19)
    1. 2nd Advent not occurred yet.
      1. Gathering the troops of the nations (Revelation 16:13-16)
      1. Post Tribulation Rapture (Revelation 16:15)
    1. “that great city” Possibly Jerusalem
      1. Some believe it is Babylon
    1. “the cities of the nations”
      1. Capitals of the 10 kingdoms confederate with the antichrist.
    1. “great Babylon came in remembrance before God”
      1. God has not forgotten
      1. Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19)
        1. Revelation 17-18 description of Revelation 16:19.
        1. Post-Tribulation rapture (Revelation 16:15)
        1. Then 2nd Advent occurs (Revelation 19:11)
      1. God pays Babylon what she is owed. (Described in Revelation 18).
  5. “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” (Revelation 16:20-21)
    1. “islands…mountains…”
      1. Mountains leveled, islands destroyed.
        1. Change the contour and shape of Land of Palestine and surrounding changed
      1. Raise the Dead Sea so that it flows into the Red Sea (Ezekiel 47:1-12)
    1. “great hail”
      1. Repetition of 7th Egyptian plague (Exodus 9:13-35)
      1. God uses His creation as weapons of warfare.
        1. For Joshua (Joshua 10:11)
      1. Note: Law required the blasphemer be stoned to death (Leviticus 24:16)
        1. Here blasphemers are stoned to death by hail stones
        1. Probably occurs at the crisis in the Battle of Armageddon
        1. God’s missiles (cf. Job 38:22-23)
    1. “about the weight of a talent”
      1. 100-114 lbs. each.


  • Seventh vial covers the whole period from the pouring out to the Christ’s return to the Mount of Olives.
  • Understand the purpose of all of this God is going to give man what he has earned by choosing the antichrist and rejecting the Savior.
  • Next, we will consider the Seven Dooms that shall fall following this event.

Just a Thought on Revelation 16! Part 3

Revelation 16:12-15

Just a Thought on Revelation 16! Part 3

Just a Thought on Revelation 16

Part 3

Revelation 16:12-15

Introduction: Today we are going to consider “the battle of the Great God Almighty.” A battle that shall take place in Armegeddon (the hill of the crowded) and the valley of Megiddo (Valley of Esdraelon).

  1. God’s coming gathering place for the nations of this world. (Revelation 16:16)
    1. We will consider this scripture in light of Revelation 16:1-15.
    1. Seen previously (Revelation 9:13-16)
      1. Trumpets and vials are simultaneous
        1. Middle of Tribulation (Possible last month of)
  2. Setup (Revelation 16:12)
    1. “the great river Euphrates dried up”
      1. Literal event.
      1. Prophesied (Isaiah 11:15-16)
        1. 2-fold purpose:
          1. Remnant of Israel from Assyria to return
          1. Kings of the East gathered for battle against Almighty God.
  3. Deception (Revelation 16:13)
    1. Note the word “like” (not literal)
      1. Sent forth from the satanic trinity
    1. “spirits of devils” (Revelation 16:14)
      1. Sent to deceive as Apostle Paul speaks (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
    1. “working miracles”
      1. Heal, tongues, raise dead.
        1. Example: Revelation 13:3
    1. “to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
      1. Man is facing the unsheeted wrath the Lord God Almighty; the outraged Divine, Sovereign, Almighty God.
        1. God “a man of war” (Exodus 15:3)
        1. Called “captain” (Hebrews 2:10)
  4. Timing (Revelation 16:14, 15)
    1. Second coming of our Savior “come as a thief”
      1. Unexpected (Luke 12:39; 1 Thessalonians 5:2)
        1. No surprise to the believer (1 Thessalonians 5:4)
    1. Time of no mercy (2 Peter 3:10)
  5. Location (Revelation 16:16)
    1. Armageddon: hill of the crowded
      1. 200 million troops crowded into the place
      1. Prerecorded history (Joel 3:11-16)
        1. “valley of Megiddo”: Valley Esdraelon
          1. Perfect plain for war
    1. Lord returns in wrath and vengeance on His enemies
      1. Stomped under His feet, blood flows to the horses’ bridles, 160 miles down the Kishon to the Jordan River.

Conclusion: No “sweet little Jesus boy” here. Here is the man of war, the captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10), the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14).

    Miss peace now, war is in your future. How shall you win against the Lord God Almighty? Answer, you won’t!

Just a Thought on Revelation 12 (Part 8)

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  1. Welcome
    1. Name
    1. Study
    1. Purpose
    1. Place to find previous studies.


Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

  1. “and to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness”
    1. On eagle’s wings as God brought her out of Egypt: Exodus 19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.
      1. Cp. Deuteronomy 32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
    1. Possibility: Description of airplane escape
      1. Not on the sabbath: Matthew 24:20   But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
        1. No airlines fly on the Sabbath in Israel.
  2. “into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent”
    1. Discussed earlier that her place is Petra in modern-day Jordan.
      1. City of refuge for Israel.
    1. God’s care for Israel during this time is like unto the manna in the wilderness.
    1. Terrible time: Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
    1. God is going to hide her from the devil.

Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

  1. “the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood”
    1. Literal (?): Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
    1. Will do all possible to destroy Israel: Lamentations 4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness

Revelation 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

  1. “the earth helped the woman”
    1. God’s creation protects God’s people.
  2. “he earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth”
    1. a.     God works here as in the day of delivering Israel from Egypt: Isaiah 11:15, 16 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
  • God can do miraculously above all that we could ask or think: Ephesians 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

  • “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed”
    • Since he cannot harm the hidden, he goes after the remaining remnant.
      • These had not heeded the warning to flee: Mark 13:14   But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
      • Staying where God tells you to leave is a really bad idea.
    • No one to blame but themselves for being in harm’s way.
      • Problem: Unbelief!
  • “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”
    • Faith and works in Tribulation Period: cp. Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
      • Not true today:
        • Cp. Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
      • True in Tribulation Period: Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
        • Cp. Matthew 24:50-51 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, [51]   And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
        • Cp. Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
      • Is it possible then to lose salvation? Not today.

Conclusion: This is the conclusion of our study on Just a Thought on Revelation 12.

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 2)

Introduction: This brings us to:

  1. The servant’s responsibility to His master.
  2. The preacher’s responsibility to the flock.
  3. The proper response to those that reject the words of God.

(Slide 3)

1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

(Slide 4)

  1. they that have believing masters”
    1. Servant/Slave towards saved master: Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

(Slide 5)

  1. Ephesians 6:5-6 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

(Slide 6)

  • “let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service”
    • Don’t hold them in contempt, nor abhor them
      • This would be natural from man’s standpoint.

(Slide 7)

  • In place of that attitude:
    • Serve them.

(Slide 8)

  • because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit”

(Slide 9)

  1. The benefits are going to be revealed
    1. Of the slave for faithful service

(Slide 10)

  1. Of the master for just and equal treatment: Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

(Slide 11)

  • When: Colossians 3:24-25 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

(Slide 12)

  • “These things teach and exhort”
    • Preacher’s responsibility
      • Teach and Preach this message.
        • Far cry from our thinking today.
        • What are we to say of those that disagree with this message?

(Slide 13)

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

            (Slide 14)

  1. “If any man teach otherwise”
    1. Watch out for what’s coming!

(Slide 15)

  • Paul says in 1 Timothy 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
    • Other doctrine: men’s opinions

(Slide 16)

  1. We are to avoid those that contradict God’s doctrine:
    1. They are pleasing fables: 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

(Slide 17)

  • Then God says he is proud, knows nothing, hung up on strife and railing: 1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

(Slide 18)

  • “If any man…consent not to wholesome words”
    • “Wholesome words” give good health
    • Are good for us: Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
    • Are not to be resisted, but surrendered to.

(Slide 19)

  • “If any man…consent not to…even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ”
    • Wholesome words are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ

(Slide 20)

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

(Slide 21)

  1. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

(Slide 22)

  • “If any man…consent not… to the doctrine which is according to godliness”
    • The doctrine is that which comes from godliness.
      • Consenting not is a rebellion against God.
    • What we are to do: Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

(Slide 23)

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

(Slide 24)

  1. Here’s man’s problem: “He is proud, knowing nothing”
    1. Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
    1. Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

(Slide 25)

  • Proud in own ignorance.

(Slide 26)

  • “doting about questions and strifes of words”
    • Doting: Excessive fondness
      • About questions
      • About Strifes over words

(Slide 27)

  • God’s command concerning:
    • 2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

(Slide 28)

  • Marks of the carnal man:
    • 1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

(Slide 29)

  • Results of: “whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings”
    • Man’s pride breeds.
      • Envy: looking with hatefulness at others
      • Strife: contentious behavior
      • Railings: insulting behavior and speaking
    • These are spoken towards masters by unfaithful servants/slaves, preachers, teachers.

(Slide 30)

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

(Slide 31)

  1. “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds”
    1. These have turned from the right to the wrong
      1. Use God’s words to teach what God’s words don’t say: 1 Timothy 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

(Slide 32)

  • Their minds are corrupt; filled with errors: Titus 1:15-16 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

(Slide 33)

  • destitute of the truth,”
    • Forsaken and deprived of the truth
      • There is no truth in them: John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
        • Like unto their father the devil.

(Slide 34)

  • supposing that gain is godliness”
    • Point to how many believe them, what great reputation among men they have, or possessions.
      • Think all of this points to the fact that they are godly.
    • Newer bibles: ESV, ASV, NKJV: “godliness is a means to gain”; Living Bible: “a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy”; changes message!

(Slide 35)

  • So, what are we to do? “from such withdraw thyself”
    • RUN AWAY! These are people we are to stay away from.
    • Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

(Slide 36)

  • Romans 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

(Slide 37)

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

(Slide 38)

Conclusion: So, we have seen:

  1. The servant’s responsibility to His master:
    1. To obey
    1. To serve
    1. To honor
  2. The preacher’s responsibility to the flock.
    1. Preach this message.
  3. The proper response to those that reject the words of God.
    1. Reject those that reject the truth of God’s words.
    1. Avoid them
    1. Withdraw from them

Join us for our next lesson of the Pastoral Epistles, lesson 6, part 3.

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 3)


Introduction: In our previous lesson, part 2 of our study, we saw

  1. The servant’s responsibility to His master:
    1. The preacher’s responsibility to his flock.
    1. Proper response to the rejecters
      1. Reject those that that reject the truth of God’s words.

In our study today we are going to look at:

  • Contentment and the lack thereof.

Slide 3

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

            Slide 4

  1. This is what we need: “godliness with contentment is great gain”
    1. A truth that God tells us: godliness is gain when found with contentment.
    1. If you want gain, seek godliness with contentment.
    1. Godliness is living in the will of God, not in my will.

                        Slide 5

  • 1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

                        Slide 6

  • Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

                        Slide 7

  • Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

                        Slide 8

  • Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 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. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

            Slide 9

  • Context is servants/slaves to masters!

Slide 10

1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

            Slide 11

  1. The value of earthly possessions:
    1. Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

                        Slide 12

  • Luke 12:20-21 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Slide 13

1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

            Slide 14

  1. The necessities of life: “food and raiment”
    1. Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

                        Slide 15

  • Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

            Slide 16

  • “let us be therewith content”
    • That which we are to be content with is less than most of us find in our estimation of contentment

Slide 17

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

            Slide 18

  1. “But they that will be rich”
    1. Strike at money!
      1. those that love money: 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

                                    Slide 19

  1. Like Lot of old:

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  1. Genesis 13:10-13 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

                                                Slide 21

  • “Lifted up his eyes”

            Slide 22

  • fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition”
    • Temptation: to lie, cheat, soften the message, outright change the message, etc.

                        Slide 23

  • Thorns:
    • Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

                                    Slide 24

  1. Proverbs 1:17-19 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

                        Slide 25

  • Lusts: after property that is not theirs, or prosperity, etc.
    • Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

                                    Slide 26

  1. Here’s the deceitfulness: 1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

                        Slide 27

  • Destruction
    • Example, Balaam: Numbers 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

                        Slide 28

  • Perdition: entire loss
    • Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

Slide 29

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

            Slide 30

  1. “For the love of money is the root of all evil”
    1. A hated verse by the world and the religious world.
      1. Newer bibles: “for the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”; ESV: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil

                        Slide 31

  • When we fall in love with money, we will do anything to gain it.
    • The root feeds the appetite of the plant
    • It is our motive for all we do or don’t do

                        Slide 32

  • Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

                        Slide 33

  • Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

            Slide 34

  • which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith”
    • Like Demas:2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

            Slide 35

  • pierced themselves through with many sorrows”
    • Pierced themselves: like a man that stabs himself.
      • Ulcers, worry, loss of sleep, loss of contentment, etc.

                        Slide 36

  • Like the servant of Elijah: 2 Kings 5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
  • The context of verses 1-10: Servants/Slaves to their masters.

Slide 37


  1. Get Godliness with Contentment!
  2. Remember Nothing Came, Nothing Leaves!
  3. Be Content with That Which God Provides!
  4. Be on Guard against the Danger that Lurks!
  5. Love the Lord and You Will Not Love Money!