While we discuss God's Word, our hearts are at Calvary, where the risen Jesus paid the price of God's judgments from the garden of Eden. Today, may we realize that we're freely justified by His death, burial and resurrection.
We're no longer of the world, as we've been purchased by the price of the precious blood of the Son of God. So with grateful hearts, we turn to you, with all of our mind, and strength, and serve you with a pure, unadulterated heart.
If there'd be a listener who doesn't know you in the pardoning of their sin, may they come humbly to the cross, and there confess their sins to the God who is just to forgive them.
The Holy Ghost is the Author of the Word. No one on earth can take God's Word and reveal It, because It's written by inspiration.
They could find no one in heaven, on earth, or beneath the earth, who was worthy to loose the Seals, or even look upon the Book. But there was a lamb, in the foreknowledge of Almighty God, Who'd been slain from the foundation of the world. He came and took the Book out of the hand of Him that sat upon the throne, loosed the Seals, and opened-up the Word. That's Revelation 4 and 5. And these Words were fulfilled in 1963.
We're believing and trusting that He'll open His Word for us, as I read from Acts 2.
"David said concerning Jesus, 'I foresaw the Lord always before my face; He's on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because You will not leave my soul in hell, neither will You permit Your Holy One to see corruption'."
God's Word is infallible. He keeps His Word to the letter. We can rest, assured that anything God has said in His Word is the Truth. Faith doesn't rest upon the shifting sands of man's ideas - or his theology. It's final resting place is on the unmovable Rock of His eternal Word.
If God's said it, that's forever the Truth. He can never take it back and say, "I didn't mean that." I can say things, and you can say things, then have to retract them, even though we spoke to the best of our knowledge. God's different. He's infinite; therefore, He doesn't say a think unless its absolute. He never has to take it back. He never has to apologise for what He's said. It's always the Truth.
God sacrificed His Son for the sins of the world; perhaps billions of years before the foundation of the world. God spoke, and it was a finished product. If we could only grasp what that means, we'd be a different people. To see in His Books the judgments for the disobedient, would make a man examine himself every hour. It would make the righteous rejoice hour by hour to read the blessings that God's promised to the faithful. We can rest assured - every Word will be fulfilled.
When God spoke to Noah way back in the antediluvian world, He told him a storm was coming whose waters would cover the earth. Without a speck of evidence that it would happen, Noah moved with fear, and built the ark to save himself, and his household. It was God's Word. It had to happen as God said.
Job rested solemnly upon the promise God made him. He stood by his burnt offering, with no fear in his heart. Knowing what God said, God was able to perform. And when everything seemed contrary, Job stood firm, because God promised, and Job rested on that promise.
What joy there'll be, what power, when men and women take God at face value. Circumstances have nothing whatever to do with it. If God said so; that settles it.
Satan was given the privilege of tempting Job. He said, "I'll make him curse You to Your face." This was the most trying time in all of Job's experience. He'd been found a just man in the Presence of God. God said, he's perfect, there's none like him in the earth. Satan almost took Job's life, and would've done so, but God said, "You can do anything to him, but don't take his life."
At the crucial moment Job said, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and in the last days He'll stand upon the earth. Though the skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." No matter how dark it seemed, Job anchored his soul on God's eternal promise. He rested on the promise, "I know my Redeemer lives."
There was another man by the name of Abraham who took God at His Word. And he believed God, and he called those things which were contrary to the promise God gave him, as though they were not. He took God at His Word. Even though years passed, that didn't phase Abraham one bit. The Bible said, "He staggered not, at the promise of God, through unbelief, but was faithful, giving praise to God."
Life seemed to be more difficult every day, but instead of getting weaker, Abraham grew stronger. What a blessed assurance we have. When difficulties seem to make God's promises impossible, instead of retreating back into the world, we should stand firmer than we ever stood on THUS SAITH THE LORD. When God says something, that ought to settle it.
Abraham called things which were, as though they were not, because they were contrary to the Word. When Sarah died, after many years together, he bought a portion of ground to bury her near the where Job was buried. And when Abraham died, he was buried with Sarah.
He didn't want those fellows to give him that portion of ground. He bought it before witnesses, so it was his possession. The way of a real believer is to stand before witnesses, "I'm a witness of the Lord Jesus, of the Holy Spirit, and of His great works." Much more so, as we see the evil days approaching.
And when Isaac died, he was buried with Abraham. And Isaac begot Jacob who died in Egypt. But notice, before he died, he said to his prophet son Joseph, "Come here, son, and put your hand upon my crippled hip." Remember how he was crippled? The Angel of the Lord touched his hip, and he limped from that day on. "Lay your hand on my hip and swear to me by the God of our fathers, that you'll not bury me down here in Egypt." Why? They had the Word; they had the revelation.
And the church of the living God is built upon Divine revelation, not upon denomination, organization, creeds or dogma, but upon the Spiritually revealed truth of the living God.
Abel had revelation in the garden of Eden, where the church began. How else did he know to bring a lamb? Why didn't he bring fruit like Cain did? Because it was revealed to him.
Jesus once said, "Whom do men say I the Son of man am?"
"Some said You're Moses, Elijah, or John the Baptist resurrected".
He said, "But Who do you say I am?"
It doesn't matter what somebody else thinks; it's what you know to be the truth. "What do you say?" That question confronts every one of us today, "What do you say?"
Quickly, without hesitation, Peter said, "You're the Christ, the Son of the living God."
As Jesus Who knew the secrets of the heart, He was none other than Jehovah manifest in flesh. He said, "Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven has revealed this. And upon this rock of Spiritual revelation, or faith, I will build My Church, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against faith in God's Word."
Yet the Lutherans want to walk by faith, Methodists want to shout to get It, and you Pentecostals want to speak with tongues to get It, but that's a million miles away from It.
It's a Divine revelation of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Person of God, and His Being made manifest in your heart, "Upon this rock I'll build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." John 5:24, "He that hears My Words, and believes on Him that sent Me, has eternal Life; and shall never come into the judgment, but has passed from death unto Life." Not because of anything you did, but because you've had the privilege of Christ being revealed to you from heaven, "Upon this rock I'll build My Church."
And when Jacob died, he was buried with Abraham, Isaac, Sarah, and Job, in the Holy land, in Palestine.
Then Joseph, also being a prophet, prospered in Egypt. Before he died, he said, "Someday God will visit you." He rested on God's Word to Moses, "Four hundred years you'll serve this nation, then I'll bring you out."
Every Hebrew with his back beaten by slave drivers, when he looked upon the bones of his prophet Joseph, knew someday they were going out. Those bones were for a memorial, that someday they would go. And when they did leave Egypt, they took the bones of Joseph, and buried him in the Promised Land.
Why? Being prophets, they knew that God would resurrect all those who were in His Covenant. And His Covenant with Israel promised a place of rest under the blood of the lamb. For the Old Testament saints, that place of rest was the Land of Israel.
Nineteen-hundred-and-seventy years ago, there was an empty tomb. It's a memorial, that those who sleep in God, will Christ bring with Him when He Comes. Without a shadow of doubt, I rest solemnly upon God's eternal promise.
Like Job of old, when we hear: "Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust," it reminds me of Longfellow, who said:
|Tell me NOT, in mournful numbers,
Life is just an EMPTY dream!
And the soul is DEAD that slumbers,
And that things AREN'T what they seem.
|Yea, life is REAL! Life is EARNEST!
And the grave is NOT its goal;
For DUST thou art, to DUST returnest,
Was NOT spoken of the SOUL!
They call it a theophany, when we leave here we go somewhere else. I take the apostle's Word, "If this earthly tabernacle or dwelling place be dissolved, we have one already waiting and move from this into that."
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job: all the prophets, trusted and believed there was coming a resurrection, that the redeemer was coming. They prophesied of Him. Enoch sealed his testimony by it. Isaac, Jacob, Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, rested solemnly on the Coming of Messiah. They died and their souls went to Paradise. They couldn't go into the Presence of God, because the blood of bulls and goats could not remit sins; it only covered sin, speaking of a day when the perfect Sacrifice would be made. Animal blood could not come back upon the worshiper, for animals have no soul. So when they die, the spirit of mortal life breaks-up and the body returns to the dust.
When the Son of God died, the Life that was in Him was none other than God. It came back and adopted us into the family of God. And now we're the children of God.
Those prophets wanted to be buried in Palestine, because they knew the resurrection was not going to be in Egypt. It was going to be in Palestine alone. In the promised Word. The Land of Israel was the promised Word of God, to the Old Testament saints.
That's why I don't care what people call me; that doesn't mean a thing. The only thing that I want to know is: that I've died to the world, and my life is hid in Christ through God, and sealed by the Holy Ghost. Bury me in Christ, for those who are in Christ will God bring with Him at that day. When He calls from among the dead, I'll answer. Our place of rest is not a land it's in Christ.
We must stand in and upon the promises of God's Word.
Why is Australia, the most abundant nation on earth, in so much debt? Three questions need to be addressed:
Question 1, "What is money?"
Money is anything used in exchange for goods or services. Through history, rum, coin, notes, receipts for gold, pigs, playing cards, shells, leather, and postage stamps have all been used as money.
Associated with money is the belief that it can be exchanged for something of real value. Money itself, usually has very little, or no intrinsic worth.
To explain this, let's suppose you're to spend a year on a desert island. You'd take everything needed for survival and comfort.
Thought will be given to food, water, shelter, weapons and perhaps books to read and writing implements. But it's most unlikely you'd waste precious space with boxes of money.
Mony is not a commodity and has virtually no intrinsic value. It's used to facilitate trade. Now to question two:
"How much money should be in circulation at any given time?"
If I produce firewood and you produce tomatoes, we might exchange a bucket of tomatoes for a barrow of firewood. However, you may not want firewood until winter, by which time I may not want your tomatoes. But I could take your tomatoes in summer, when they're available, and issue you with a receipt or I.O.U. for the tomatoes you've supplied, on the understanding I'll repay you with firewood in the winter.
I can write as many receipts as I like, and take as many of your tomatoes as I wish, provided I'm able to pay you with the required quantity of firewood in winter. If I have plenty of firewood, it would be silly of me not to take enough tomatoes, simply because I didn't have enough receipts.
Receipts have no intrinsic value, the real value is the wood I've cut, split and dried. The receipt is but a token for the firewood.
Money performs much the same function as the receipts. Provided we have goods to back the money, it would be silly to go without, simply because there's not enough money in circulation.
Surely then, it follows, that if money's a token representing real wealth (like food, water, tools, clothing and shelter), then the amount of money in circulation ought to be related to the productive capacity of a community.
If the communnity produces nothing then there should be no money - it would, after all, be worthless if there was nothing to buy. If the community has produced the equivalent of, say, $100 of wheat, there ought to be $100 worth of money in the community, so what's been produced can be traded.
Surely it also follows that if the community increased production to $200 of wheat, then the supply of money must be increased from $100 to $200. If not, it would seem that the extra $100 of wheat will sit in store - unsold, simply for lack of money. As it costs virtually nothing to print $100, not to print it would seem either the perfect weapon of control, or crass stupidity.
If the $100 was not put into circulation we'd have a recession - plenty of able-bodied people (willing to work), and plenty of productive capacity. The only thing in short supply is money.
The usual response to this explanation is "You can't just 'print money'. That's what Hitler did in Germany". Or, "Look what happened in China".
Well, suppose that instead of increasing the money supply by $100 to match the increased production, too much money was circulated. Suppose the money supply was increased by $200, double the correct amount, to a total of $300. That would cause inflation. The money system might even collapse because there'd be insufficient goods (wheat in this case) to honor all the money that was printed.
Whoever controls the supply of money will have virtually absolute control over the state of the economy. Restrict money supply to create depression; issue too much money to create inflation.
Thus it seems: not to print more money as productively increases, as indeed it has over the last century, would be to condemn us to economic depression. In fact what's needed now is an injection of debt-FREE money into the economy.
The following two examples serve to illustrate our current plight.
We have, even by the most conservative estimate, at least one million people out of work; we have warehouses full to overflowing with wool. Yet in winter, the Salvation Army begs for donations of second-hand blankets to keep people warm!
We have an army of unemployed builders, bricklayers and tradesmen; and immense resources of building materials of all sorts. Yet at the same time the destitute queue eight-or-more years, waiting for public housing!
Are we crazy? Have we gone mad? Now to the third question:
"WHO should control the volume of money in circulation?"
Amschel Mayer Rothschild said, "Give me control over the creation of money and I care not who makes the laws of the land".
As the situation stands at the moment, when banks issue a loan, they're creating money, and thereby increasing the money supply. The problem is that this money is issued as a debt that must be paid back plus interest. The question is, where will the interest come from? Our economic woes result from BORROWING into existance money that must be repaid with interest that was never created.
Let me try to explain a little clearer. Suppose you and I were on a ship and I owned the only playing cards aboard. If you borrowed the cards from me, at repayment time you'd have to return them all plus an extra card as interest.
Where is the extra card going to come from? (Remember, I have all the playing cards, except the ones I lent you).
All of a sudden, you'd have a debt that can never be repaid. You might delay repayment by borrowing again, but if you borrow again, while you'll be able to pay this year's debt, you'll have more of the same trouble at the end of next year. Only the debt will be a little bit bigger and so-on until the debt becomes so high I might force you into a debt-for-equity swap.
This you could hardly refuse, because you don't have the means to repay your debt any other way. Eventually I'll control ALL of your assets. It's only a matter of time.
This is an over-simplification of the situation, but the principal of borrowing money into existence creates an unrepayable debt. And if you owe me an unrepayable debt, then you're at my mercy.
Australia is "the lucky country" no more. Jesus accused the money-changers of turning the Temple court into a den of thieves. These people have done the same with our nation. Our politicians are the thieves who do the dishonest deals for the money elite. radio103.htm
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