A prophet like me: Acts 7.37

“This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.’”

Acts 7.37

Stephen pointed the Jews to the very words of Moses, who spoke of Jesus. If they claimed to listen to the lawgiver, they should have welcomed the grace-bringer.

Prophecy ought to create and strengthen faith in God’s work. The Old Testament deserves much reading and study. Jesus is also present there. How is my Bible reading going?

#votd #Acts #prophecy

Severe famine about to come: Acts 11.28

“One of them, named Agabus, got up and predicted by the Spirit that a severe famine was about to come over the whole inhabited world. (This took place during the reign of Claudius.)”

Acts 11.28

Prophecy was inspired teaching and sometimes, as here, included revelation of future events. Even the latter served as a call to action. The Christians decided to send help, v. 29, and then did so, v. 30.

Barnabas was from Jerusalem. Perhaps through him it was revealed that the saints in Judeia would be especially affected. Prompt action was taken, before the famine hit, to benefit a specific set of people, and carried out according to a specific plan.

#votd #Acts #prophecy

Covenant mediator: Isaiah 49.8

“This is what the Lord says: ‘At the time I decide to show my favor, I will respond to you; in the day of deliverance I will help you; I will protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, to rebuild the land and to reassign the desolate property.'”

Isaiah 49.8

In this Servant passage, the Lord tells him he is the covenant. Jesus is evident here beyond the immediate promise to Israel. God has his time which may not be obvious to man.

God worked through Israel to bring the Christ to the world. At the right time Jesus came and died. We give thanks for God’s wonderful, sovereign plan of salvation.

#votd #Isaiah #prophecy #Messiah


4-20-2017 God Has No Future Land Promise

There is no prophecy of Scripture about the Jews returning to their Promised Land that has not already been fulfilled!  Jerusalem was destroyed in the Old Testament, it was “to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years” (2 Chronicles 36:21 NKJV).  God used Babylonians to remove His people for 70 years.  That time ended, “in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing” (2 Chronicles 36:22 NKJV).  No New Testament prophecy promises the Jews that land, again.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jews, #promised-land, #prophecy


2-24-2017 Book Of Revelation Obeyed

John “bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:2-3 NKJV). 1) Readers should “read,” “hear,” and “keep” what is written in a book “revealing Jesus.” That would be impossible if it describes events preceding the end of the world, or so open-ended that it is confusing and not clear!    2) The Book says “the time is near,” or “at hand,” meaning, close to the 1st Century readers, and closes with: “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand” (Revelation 22:10 NKJV). From beginning to end, the Book of Revelation dealt with 1st Century events, not future history!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#at-hand, #end-of-the-world, #prophecy


2-2–2016 Moses Proves Jesus

Jesus told Jews in His day: “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47 NKJV). (1) “And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD” (Exodus 24:4 NKJV). This was more than 10 Commandments. The original writings of Moses’ had been copied, but Jesus had complete confidence in those copies. (2) “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear” (Deuteronomy 18:15 NKJV). Moses’ prophecy was specifically fulfilled only in Jesus Christ. (3) Teaching that the Old Testament is only myths and fables denies the truthfulness of Jesus Christ! The Devil denies the Word of God!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#10-commandments, #jesus-christ, #moses, #myths-and-fables, #prophecy


1-5-2016 Prophecy For 2016

The Apostle Paul, in Ephesus, “went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples” (Acts 19:8-9 NKJV). Unbelievers will speak “evil of the Way” of Christ. It is easy, therefore, to predict that in the course of this year: the Propaganda Press will feature stories of racial prejudice in the “Bible Belt;” Harlotwood will continue to depict hatefulness and hypocrisy in all “Bible-believers;” TV sitcoms will laugh at homosexual opponents; and TV history channels will continue to question and deny the accuracy, text, and truthfulness of the Bible. “The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble” (Proverbs 4:19 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.



Who is this man Jesus? by Charles Box

jesus-christWho is this man Jesus? The Bible accurately teaches that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. (Acts 8:37)

At His baptism God acknowledged Him as His Son. “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) This was also the case on the mountain where Jesus was transfigured and spoke with Moses and Elijah. “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matthew 17:5)

Peter was correct when he confessed, “We believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:69)

Let us be convinced from scripture that Jesus is the Son of God.Continue reading

#charles-box, #jesus-christ, #lamb-of-god, #prophecy, #son-of-god


Psalm 102

Vs. 1-11 describe feeling of suffering;

Vs. 12-22 speak of the hope that God would act on their behalf;

Vs. 23-28 acknowledge that only God can help.

Though the author of this Psalm is unidentified, the reference to “Zion” (Jerusalem) needing to be restored (verse 13) places the time frame at the end of the Babylonian Captivity (2 Chronicles 36). Psalm 102:25-27 are quoted in Hebrews 1:10-12 as an address to the “Son” of God (Hebrews 1:8). Therefore this reference in Psalm 102 was far-reaching toward “the generation to come” (verse 18), and the work of the eternal Son of God (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 2:1-21).

Verses 1-11: This begins with an urgent appeal for God to hear (verses 1-2) because: (verse 3) life is brief as smoke and fire; (verses 4-5) the heart is burdened and body aches; (verses 6-7) loneliness is like the “pelican,” “owl,” “sparrow” all out of their element, and keeps the Psalmist “awake;” enemies are active (verse 8); food doesn’t appeal (verse 9); the feeling of alienation from God (verses 10-11) is like a lengthening shadow.

Verses 12-22: God, however, is capable of helping because He: is timeless (verse 12); has reached the end of the 70 years of exile for Judah/Israel (verse 13; 2 Chronicles 36:15-23; Jeremiah 25:8-14); sees His people seeking to return to the Promised Land (verse 14); preserves His people (verses 15-17); will see that this return is preserved in Scripture for all time (verse 18; Ezra-Nehemiah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi); is merciful and forgiving (verses 19-22).

Verses 23-28: Our lives are in the hand of God (verses 23-24a), but God is above all time constraints (verses 24b-27), and eternity is for those who faithfully serve Him (verse 28; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 1 John 2:17).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #church-of-christ, #daily-bible-reading, #discipline, #god, #jesus-christ, #prophecy, #restoration


Psalm 16

Vs 1-7 show David’s praise for God’s security;
Vs 8-11 show David’s description of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

David’s pure trust in God makes him a willing instrument through which this powerful prophecy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ was written. David was pleased with God’s: approval of the conduct of saints (vs. 2-3); disapproval of apostasy into idolatry (vs. 4); blessing of David’s family line (vs. 5-6); and guidance, even at night (vs. 7).

Psalm 16:8-11 must be describing none other than Jesus Christ, for He:
(1) is at God’s “right hand” (Mark 14:61-62; 16:19);
(2) did not “see corruption” that is, His body wasn’t dead long enough to decay (Luke 24:19-24; Acts 2:30-32; 10:36-42);
(3) was raised, never to die again (Romans 6:9; Revelation 1:18), thus He is the “firstfruits” of the final, general resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20; Colossians 1:18).

This prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection never was intended to apply to anyone else, nor was it worded to permit it being misinterpreted. All who misapply this, or any other prophecy about Jesus Christ, have proven themselves to be “untaught and unstable people [who, jtpII] twist [scriptures, jtpII] to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). None may “dual fulfillment” their way through Messianic prophecies without denying the inspiration of the New Testament Apostles. Peter quoted this prophecy (Psalm 16:10) as fulfilled in the fact of Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 2:29-32), and said it was written by David who is still dead and therefore not the subject of the prophecy. Paul said God gave this prophecy (Acts 13:33-38) through David, but since David “saw corruption” the prophecy did not apply to himself! When God gives specific a prophecy, and then identifies a specific fulfillment, only non-believers would look for an alternate application! This, Jesus made clear when He said: “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you–Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47 NKJV)

When prophets were controlled by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), they wrote words whose meaning and fulfillment were unknown to the prophets themselves (1 Peter 1:10-12). The Holy Spirit knew when the fulfillment occurred, and revealed it in Scripture (Colossians 1:24-26).

Jesus Christ was raised from the dead “to sit” on David’s throne (Acts 2:29-32). If Jesus Christ has not been sitting on David’s throne in Heaven since the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, then David, Peter, and the Holy Spirit of God all misunderstood their prophecy!!! Everyone who thinks Jesus must yet come to earth to sit on David’s throne believes a doctrine that denies Jesus Christ was ever raised from the dead!

Our total confidence must always be in God and His word. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5).

#book-of-psalms, #daily-bible-study, #prophecy


Is The “Rapture” on May 21, 2011?

Dear Reader(s):

There are many who twist and pervert Scripture in order that they may claim to “know” things which actually contradict plain Bible teaching. The Bible warned against following such people with Jesus’ statement:
“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:13-14 NKJV).
The Apostle Peter explained the matter further when he said:
“…and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation–as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:15-16 NKJV).
Harold Camping simply represents the plethora of Scripture-twisters at work today:
“This web site serves as an introduction and portal to four faithful ministries which are teaching that WE CAN KNOW from the Bible alone that the date of the rapture of believers will take place on May 21, 2011 and that God will destroy this world on October 21, 2011. Please take your time and browse through the teachings of Harold Camping, President of Family Radio. Visit EBible Fellowship, Bible Ministries International, and The-Latter-Rain to read and listen to many faithful teachers give scriptural insight on the doctrines that God is teaching His people.”
In fact, there are NO Scriptures which, when properly understood within their own contexts, that indicate when Jesus Christ will come again and the earth will be destroyed. His own words were:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:36-39 NKJV).
Jesus spoke of a “day and hour” which “no one knows.” False teachers like Mr. Camping, attempt to make Jesus a liar by twisting Scripture to seem to indicate when “that day and hour” will occur! The reference to the world-wide flood in Noah’s day (Genesis 6-9) is accurate, as Jesus says those outside the ark “did not know until the flood came.” Mr. Camping attempts to make Jesus a liar, even using twisted Scriptures to prove it!
Readers may go to my article on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24 & 25 (http://doverchurchofchrist.info/interesting-inquiries.html) which lets “God be true and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

John T. Polk II
Dover, TN

#date-setter, #prophecy, #rapture

1 Nephi 10?

Does 1 Nephi 10 reveal too much? Some of this chapter appears to be copied from John’s Gospel. The problem is that this section supposedly took place between 600 and 592 B.C. Either God gave a lot of details to Nephi’s father (Lehi) or the writer possessed a copy of John’s Gospel and tried to pass this chapter off as a prophecy.

What do you think?

#book-of-mormon, #prophecy

A favorite: Psalm 22

Many years ago I was studying with a new convert who quickly became a good friend. Every week we’d study together at his apartment, back when he was single. One week we read Psalm 22. He was amazed at the detail of the prophecy about Christ.

Here are the words Jesus cited on the cross: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (v.1).

The mocking of the crowd is first heard here. “Let the Lord rescue him!” (v. 8).

He mentions the gambling over clothing. “The are dividing up my clothes among themselves; they are rolling dice for my garments” (v. 18).

After his suffering there is praise. “You are the reason I offer praise in the great assembly” (v. 25).

The invitation is given. “Let all the people of the earth acknowledge the Lord and turn to him!” (v. 26a).

His sovereignty appears. “For the Lord is king and rules over the nations” (v. 28).

The final notes sings of proclamation. “They will come and tell about his saving deeds; they will tell a future generation what he has accomplished” (v. 31).

It might be said that we have Psalm 23 only because we have Psalm 22.

The psalm is precious to me because it speak of Jesus, and because Jesus knew it and spoke from it on the cross.

I’m glad to say that the brother I studied with is still faithful, after all these years. He’s since married, has four kids, is a successful businessman. And he knows that the suffering of Christ was foretold as a part of God’s great plan to save mankind.

#crucifixion, #jesus-christ, #prophecy, #psalms

My Sermons Yesterday

I preached on the coming Messiah in prophecy in the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the New Testament. I have articles coming from this sermon starting tomorrow. I also spoke on Saul’s refusal to kill King Agag and its relation to our postmodern age.

#christ, #king, #prophecy, #saul, #sermon