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8-17-2017 Monumental Destruction

After the Israelites crossed on dry land through the divided Jordan River into the Promised Land, they stacked 12 stones there “that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:5-7 NKJV). Monuments give moments to teach history lessons to curious children. Tear down the monuments, and raise the next generation in ignorance! With wisdom, Solomon said: “Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#landmarks, #monuments

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8-18-2017 When Is Jesus’ Second Coming

Nearly 40 years before it happened, Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem that took place in 70 A.D. There would be signs preceding it: “wars and commotions,” “nation will rise against nation,” “great earthquakes,” “famines and pestilences,” “persecution” of His disciples (Luke 21:8-19 NKJV). He related “’the abomination of desolation’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet” (Mark 13:14-23 NKJV), when they would “see Jerusalem surrounded by armies” (Luke 21:20 NKJV), and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place” (Mark 13:30 NKJV). Of the Second Coming, Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows” (Mark 13:32 NKJV). Those who preach those “signs” as if they precede the Second Coming of Christ have ignored what Jesus actually said, and have shown complete disregard for the Word of God.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#destruction-of-jerusalem, #signs

Surely not I: Matthew 26.21-22 VOTD

“And while they were eating he said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.’ They became greatly distressed and each one began to say to him, ‘Surely not I, Lord?'”

Matthew 26.21-22

Jesus announced ahead of time what would happen to him, so that the disciples might prepare and might know that it was God’s plan. They remained clueless, however.

Instead of self-examination, the disciples reacted in a knee-jerk fashion when Jesus said one of them would betray him and denied that any of them would do it. Let Bible warnings cause us to examine our hearts and motives.

#betrayal #will-of-God #VOTD

Aug. 19. Babylon’s Destruction Further Described

Jer. 51:1-64

The destruction of Babylon was a sure punishment for the evil that they had committed. Jeremiah continued to describe the events that would take place against them. They would be separated as chaff is separated from grain at harvest. Even Babylon could have been saved from destruction if they would have accepted God’s healing. They did not.

Bel Marduk was the god considered by the Babylonians as their chief god and creator of the earth. They conducted a festival at the beginning of each year to assure that the world would continue to stand. Jeremiah pointed out the futility of worshipping a molded image carved out by a metalsmith. The Lord of hosts was the One who had made the earth by His power. All of the realms of nature obey His commands.

The invaders from the north would swarm against Babylon like locusts. All would fall and be broken to pieces as if by one wielding a battle-ax. Horses, chariots, riders, old men and women, young men and maidens, shepherds and farmers with their flocks and beasts of burden would all be broken along with their governors and rulers.

Jeremiah’s message contained encouragement for God’s people who would be in exile in Babylon. Even in their exile, they would be remembered by Him. They were the avenue in which He had planned to bring His Son, in time, to reign as King.

Zedekiah had come to Babylon during the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah, his quartermaster had accompanied him on that trip. Jeremiah wrote the words that had been spoken against Babylon and instructed Seraiah to read them. Following the reading, he was to tie a stone on the book and toss it into the Euphrates River as a symbolism that, “Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary.”

#chronological-bible-study

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8-11-2017 No Natural Sign

There is a difference between “natural” happenings and “miraculous” events. “Now the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD’” (Exodus 10:1-2 NKJV). God’s miracles stand out as “signs,” because there is nothing on earth like them! The ninth plague in Egypt was a “darkness which may even be felt” and lasted “for three days” (Exodus 10:21, 23 NKJV). A “solar eclipse” which is predictable and natural is not a “sign” or a “miracle!”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#miracles, #natural, #solar-eclipse

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8-10-2017 World-Wide Eclipse

“’And it shall come to pass in that day,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight’” (Amos 8:9 NKJV). God predicted a “solar eclipse.” The sun going down “at noon,” the earth darkened “in broad daylight” would be a clear sign to show people their sins. “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him…Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour” (Mark 15:25, 33 NKJV). “Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two” (Luke 23:45 NKJV). The darkest three hours in human history were when God’s only begotten Son was rejected by sinful mankind. Jesus now is “the light of the world” (John 8:12 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#darkness, #jesus-cross, #solar-eclipse

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8-9-2017 Gospel Light

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isaiah 60:1-3 NKJV). This prophecy has nothing whatever to do with a “solar eclipse!” The prophesied “darkness” would “cover the earth,” but a “solar eclipse” only darkens a narrow path on the earth! This prophecy is about “Gentiles” coming to the light, which points to the New Testament Gospel of Christ. Gospel “light” is “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#darkness, #gospel-light, #solar-eclipse