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LESSON 1 PRIMER ON PROPHECY BIBLE STUDY

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LESSON 1:  PRIMER ON PROPHECY BIBLE STUDY (By R.E. Harow)

 

THE LORD JESUS  PROMISED TO RETURN

The Lord Jesus had friends. Many people hated Him, but some loved Him. Those who hated Him tried many times to kill Him and at last, they succeeded. His friends stayed with Him almost to the end. On the last night before He died the Lord Jesus talked to His friends and told them what was going to happen. This proved that they were His friends and not just His servants, John 15.15. A master always tells his servants what they are going to do, but he does not have to tell them what he is going to do. The Lord Jesus told His followers what His Father wanted Him to do. The Lord told His friends many things that would happen later. One wonderful thing is in John 14.3, I will come again. He was going away to prepare a place for them and He promised to come again. He wanted them to be with Him. Where is the Lord Jesus today? He is in heaven and He wants us to be in heaven with Him. We cannot find the way to heaven or get there by ourselves, so He promised to come back again. This is the first great truth we must learn: the Lord Jesus promised to come back again.

 

WHY CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN

1.   Why did the Lord Jesus promise to come back again? One reason is because He loves us and wants us to be with Him.

2.   Here is another reason why God wants Christ to return to this world. God's Son came the first time and did perfectly all that His Father wanted Him to do. God said He was well pleased with His Son, Matthew 3.17; 17.5. Men did not accept the Lord Jesus and God allowed them to beat Him and spit on Him and kill Him. Then God raised Him from death and put Him on His own throne in heaven, Acts 5.30-31; Hebrews 8.1. Today all who are in heaven give honour to Christ, but it is necessary that people on earth should do the same. God will never be satisfied until all men know that He has chosen and accepted Christ,

3.   Another thing, God chose the nation of Israel and promised them that He would send a King who will rule forever. There many promises like that in the Old Testament. We will study them in chapter 8, but here we see that Christ must come back because God promised that He will rule as King in this world, Jeremiah 23.5,6. Christ will rule when He comes again.

 

God promised Adam and Eve that their Seed or Descent would get the victory over Satan, even though Satan had led them to commit sin, Genesis 3.15. He promised Abraham that all nations would be blessed through his Descendant, Genesis 22 Galatians 3.16. God was looking forward to the coming of Christ when He promised that David's Son or Descendant will rule forever, 2 Samuel 7.16. Christ came once, but He did not rule over men. He will come again and fulfil God's promises in the Old Testament, Psalm 2.6- 7.

 

SOME PEOPLE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN

These people try to explain the verses we have read in different ways:

 

1.   Some people say that the Holy Spirit is God and He came into the world after Christ died. They think that the Lord Jesus meant that the Holy Spirit would come when He said, I will come again. It is true that the Holy Spirit is God and He came in to the world but He is not a man, He was not nailed to the cross, the Holy Spirit Himself said many times in the New Testament  Christ will come again. So the Lord Jesus could not have been speaking about the Holy Spirit when He said, I will come,

2.   Some say Christ comes into the heart of every man who' believes in Him. They think this is what it means when Christ is coming. This is partly true; Christ comes into our hearts when we receive Him as our Saviour, John 1.12, but this does not fulfil all God's promises. Christ rules in our hearts, but He certainly is not ruling in the world today.

3.   The Lord Jesus said, "I will come again and take you unto myself," John 14.3. Some say the meaning of this is that He takes the believer to heaven when he dies. This verse could mean that, but we know from other verses that the Lord is really coming back into this world. It is important to learn that no verse in the Bible can be taken by itself. We must try to understand all the verses that speak about the same subject.

 

CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN SOON

So we see that Christ Himself must come back to fulfil God's promises and His own promises. After Jesus arose from death, He talked with His disciples and taught them many things. They saw Him, heard Him speak, ate with Him, and touched His body. One day He was speaking to them on the Mount of Olives and as they watched Him He was taken up into a cloud. Two angels came and told them that Jesus was taken up into heaven, and He will come back in the same way that they saw Him go into heaven, Acts 1.11. This Jesus will come in the same way. The Lord Jesus not only promised to come back to earth, but He promised to come quickly or soon, Revelation 22.7, 22:12, 22:20. It is now about 1,900 years since He made that promise. Some people get tired of waiting and fall into worldly sin, like the servant in Luke 12.45. Others say there must be some mistake and they try to explain the Lord's promises by saying He meant something else. God knew long ago that men would laugh at Christ' s promise to return. The Holy Spirit told Peter that this would happen in the last days, 2 Peter 3.3-4. Many people today make fun of Christians who believe that Christ is coming back. This proves that we are in the last days and the Lord will come soon.

 

WE SHOULD REMEMBER THREE THINGS:

1.   The Lord Jesus wants us to be with Him more than we want to go to heaven. There must be a good reason for His delay.

2.   When Christ comes the day of God's grace will be over. God would like all men to turn from their sins and be saved, 2 Peter 3.9.

3.   It seems like a long time to us, but a thousand years is like one day only for God, 2 Peter 3.8. When the right time comes the Lord will return and when He returns He will come soon or quickly.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT SHOWS US THINGS TO COME

Before the Lord Jesus went away He also promised to send the Holy Spirit, John 16.7.

If I go - I will send the Comforter, John 16.7

If I go - I will come again. John 14.3

The Holy Spirit came to teach us all things and to show us things to come, John 14.26; 16.13. The teaching of the Holy Spirit is in the Bible and He has told us many things that are still in the future. In this book we will look at some of the great chapters of Bible that tell us about coming events: 1 Thessalonians 4: tells how Christ will come for His Church, Daniel 2 tells about four great kingdoms. Daniel 7 and 8 tell more about the kingdoms, especially fourth one in the last days. Matthew 24 tells what will happen before the Lord comes. Revelation 2 and 3 tell about the Church at the present time. Revelation 19-21 tell us about many things which will happen after Christ comes. 2 Thessalonians 2 shows us the Man of Sin. Revelation 13 tells about the beast and the False Prophet. Revelation 6-16 tell us about the Great Tribulation. Revelation 17 and 18 show us Babylon, the great prostitute. We will study these chapters a little at a time and many verses as well. Let us ask God to help us to understand His wonderful plans as He has revealed them in the Bible. When the Lord ,Jesus went back to heaven the Holy Spirit came down from heaven. What is the most important work of the Spirit? His greatest work is to give glory to the Lord Jesus. He told us many things about the future, and, best of all, that Christ will come in glory. You will learn what will happen next in God's  plan, but the most important thing is to know and love Christ more.


MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT OF LESSON AND TEST FOR - LESSON 1 (Click on the "Microsoft Word" word in blue to choose this option)


TEST LESSON 1- A PRIMER ON PROPHECY

Type the letter X for the correct answer. Only ONE answer is correct.

1. Whom did Christ tell what He was going to do. -
a) His enemies. ..............
b) His friends. ..............
c) All the Jews...............

2. Why does God want Christ to return to this world? -
a) To give men another chance. ..............
b) To prove that God wants all men to honour Him. ..............
c) To die for the sins of all men. ..............

3. The Lord Jesus promised to come back and this means?
a) He comes into our hearts when we believe in Him. ..............
b) He would send the Holy Spirit to live in the Church. ..............
c) He Himself will come again just as He went away. ..............
d) He comes when a believer dies and takes him home to Heaven. ..............

4. The Lord promised to come quickly. This means -
a) Soon after He made the promise. ..............
b) He was mistaken and after 1900 years He still has not come. ..............
c) Suddenly. ..............

5. What is the name of the next great event for the Church -
a) The Rapture. ..............
b) The Tribulation. ..............
c) The Millennium. ..............

6. Where will believers meet the Lord when He comes?-
a) At Jerusalem. ..............
b) At the Judgment Seat of Christ. ..............
c) On the clouds. ..............

7. How long will they be with Him? -
a) Until He comes to earth as King. ..............
b) Until the Great White Throne. ..............
c) Forever. ..............

8. When Christ comes which will happen first?
a) The living believers will be changed. ..............
b) Dead believers will rise from death. ..............
c) We shall meet the Lord. ..............

9. Which believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ? -
a) Those who have served Him well. ..............
b) All believers of this age. ..............
c) Those who have fallen into sin. ..............

10. Who will receive rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ? -
a) All who believe in Christ. ..............
b) Only missionaries and evangelists and Bible teachers. ..............
c) Those who have earned them. ..............

Did you say your MEMORY VERSE? ..............

Have you taken the Lord Jesus as your Saviour? ..............

When? .............


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