I AM THEY – King Of Love
Truly a great worship song!
King of Love – Original Lyrics
by Henry Williams Baker (1868)
The King of love my Shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine forever.
Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow,
with food celestial feedeth.
Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.
In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.
Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and oh, what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!
And so through all the length of days,
thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house forever.
Ever studied eschatology (a study of the end) and found yourself jumping back and forth between Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 trying to line things up in your head and understand what’s going on? Well, I have. Finally, I broke down and made a comparison chart to help me put things in perspective and learn the pieces easier. I’m going to share it with you for the low low price of… okay sorry no it’s right below no cost but your time.
These three chapters are known as the “Olivet Discourse” because they were presumed to be a conversation that happened upon the Mount of Olives. It does appear Luke’s account is in the temple and not on the mount but that’s not conclusive. Many speculate it was the same account but written to a different audience. In either event, we’re looking at it as the same information regardless of whether it’s the same event recorded. Continue reading “The Olivet Discourse chart”
Does this surprise you? Hear from Michael Pearl how he explains the issue of tithing.
I should begin with the very new idea that the “mark of the beast” is a bar-code or bio-metric chip or some other new form of technology that will be forced upon people. The easiest refutation is simple reason. We find from scripture the purpose of the mark and it does not conform with the above. The mark is not for the purpose of identifying the individual but for the individual being identified WITH the beast. It has been popular to see the bar-codes or chips as the mark because of the line about buying and selling. But we do need to take a closer look at what the Bible says about the mark.
Seven verses in Revelation mention the “mark”
Rev 13:16-17 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Rev 14:9 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
Rev 16:2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
Rev 19:20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
Rev 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years
These verses identify that the mark is HIS, the beast’s, mark. This immediately rules out a bar-code or a chip system which identifies the individuals because that would be the mark of Micah for me, the mark of Bob for him, the mark of Jessica for her etc. etc. you get my point.
Secondly it is linked to Worship of the beast. This is something that is a willful decision done by those who will be wearing the “mark.” You cannot be tricked into wearing the mark and somehow lose any hope of salvation. I should be clear here people WILL be deceived about the nature of the mark and the beast. Taking the mark however won’t be a tricky oh we gotcha. It is a choice linked to worshiping the beast and/or the image. The way many will be deceived into this appears to be through the false prophet who works miracles. (Rev 19:20)
Next we should just be clear about what the word mark means. This word in the Greek is χάραγμα (khar’-ag-mah). It is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “a scratch or etching, that is, stamp (as a badge of servitude), or sculptured figure (statue): – graven, mark.” It is only used once outside of the book of Revelation and that usage is the second form describing a graven idol in Acts 17:29.
To summarize, the “mark” of the beast is a mark that will be the same identical mark for everyone not an individualized mark and it will be willfully taken by those who worship the beast.
I have more views on what the mark will actually be but it gets into conjecture and my purpose is too keep this strictly with the biblical evidences. This principle I think is key when speaking about eschatological facts verses our opinions and views. Remember Acts 17:11 and don’t just take my word for it. Receive what I have said with an open mind and search the scriptures to prove these things!
I hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter Sunday!
A comment on WND’s website about Joel Osteen’s teaching says it all. Their story quoting an Equirerer Article alleging a financial scandal drew a number of comments. Aside from the story, the comment I found most interesting is from TXPatriot – Frank M •
“From the multitude of responses which people have posted relative to this article, the issue with Osteen has little to nothing to do with fundraising in his church. At issue is the half-baked gospel message he touts, which has led many to believe that the God of the Universe can be deployed as their own supernatural bell-hop…ring the prayer bell, and He shows up with all the health and wealth you could ever desire. That’s just malarkey!”
His post was discerning. Good point TXPatriot