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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Thanks to ACP's Steve Burzlaff, we now have the Evanglical handout, "What If" in PDF format.
For the "What If" evangelical handout in PDF format, click here.
Thank God for Steve,
You know, God should have a new rule, He should make it absolutely mandatory that a erson read the Bible before doing commentary on it. Today we are going to look at the importance of how the Old Testament and New Testament work hand in hand. For to often, more and more are doing commentary and even sermons based upon the fallacy that Christ ended the Old Testament's importance and brought into effect the New Testament.
To proof my point that God needs a new rule, we are first going to look at what Jesus said concerning the Old Testament, for what makes up the vast majority of the Old Testament is the law and the prophets. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
One further point of proof is necessary to make my point. Many a modern commentator and liberal preacher, trying to make God's world comply with modern so called science, claim that the behemoth in Job 40 is either and elephant or a rhinoceros. Now, if they read just a bit further in Job 40, they would see, in the middle of God's description of behemoth, that it is impossible for it to be either an elephant or rhinoceros. Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: ... A tail like a cedar tree is nothing like that little stub of a tail on both the Elephant and the rhinoceros. No, behemoth is a dragon, a great big grass eating dragon that lived on the hills, the glens, and along side the rivers, streams and swamps. He ate what he wanted to eat, went where he wanted to go and feared and obeyed nothing, except God.
Now, let us get to how important it is to use both the New and Old Testaments in understanding Scripture to it's fullest and most accurate.
First, let's turn to Isaiah chapter 22.
22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. Verse 22 is one of those many verses that deal with more than one time. At the time of Isaiah it was only understood to mean the time under the rule of a king to come, that king, was to be King Hezekiah. But with the Revelation of Christ to us through the pen of His beloved Apostle John, regarding the times immediately before and during the seven years of tribulation, we see that it refers to today's little church of Philadelphia as well.
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house. 24a And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, 24b all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. The him in verse 23 is both Hezekiah and the modern day church of Philadelphia. As is 24a, but with 24b, we start to focus on the church of Philadelphia. Notice the size, the size of the church is referred to as a cup and, at it's biggest, a pitcher. This in itself should be a warning to mega churches, as we have seen in recent times, to often mega churches become so in need of large amounts of money to operate, that they, start to leave the ranks of the church of Philadelphia and join the ranks of the church of Laodicea.
25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it. Now in verse 25, we see Jesus Himself dictating to the Prophet Isaiah. He is telling Isaiah of the day before or of the Rapture. Jesus referring to the Church of Philadelphia as the nail that is fastened securely, under His control and protection, remember the "he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open". He is telling Isaiah that in that day, Christ, Himself, will remove the Church of Philadelphia. (Isaiah 22:22-25 ACP/KJV)
Now that you have read Isaiah 22, verses 22-25, read on to Revelation chapter three verses 7-13 and see how much clearer Isaiah 22:22-25 becomes in light of the revelation Jesus gives to us through His Revelation to John in 90AD.
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation(7 years of tribulation), which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him My new name.
13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:7-13 ACP/KJV)
So, now do you see how the New Testament has brought new meaning to the Old Testament? But just as important is the fact that God talked to us, through His prophet Isaiah, of the coming tribulation period and the fact that He would rescue His people, the Church of Philadelphia, about 800 years before Jesus gave the revelation to John of the how He will rescue the little church of Philadelphia, from the time of tribulation.
As you read Isaiah 22:22-25, you can see that there is no way, without the direct intervention of Christ, that John could have ever taken from Isaiah 22, what He wrote in the Book of Revelation, chapter three verses 7-13. Isaiah 22:22-25 and Revelation 3:7-13 proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Bible is God breathed, not just the compilation of stories of old. It also dispels any idea that the Old Testament is no longer of significance, importance, and fully valid.
So, remember this, if they lie to you or mislead you about the importance of the Old Testament, what else are they lying to you or misleading you about?
Never ever forget this, your salvation is between you and Christ, when you die, you will be judged by Christ. Christ will not be judging you by the laws of this world, but by the laws of His book, the Holy Bible, New and Old Testaments combined.
And if you say to God on that terrible day of judgement, "I didn't know, why Lord, preacher so and so told me...." The reply will not be, "Oh well in that case...". No, it will be, "You had the Bible, you should have read it, depart from Me you worker of inequity, I never knew you!"
Trust no mans commentary, not even mine. Test every word you hear and read against the King James Version of the Bible. For it is that version and only that version that thousands of men of God shed their blood to bring you. For God knows that I would never intentionally mislead you, but God also knows the truth of this: I did not and would not suffer the torture of the cross for you! Christ did. So, why put your trust in me or any other preacher or commentator? Put your trust and faith in He who did suffer the torture of the cross for you, Christ Jesus, the King of kings, Lord of lords, God Himself.
Lord JESUS, I beseech Thee that Thou would open the eyes of those who come to You asking for the bread of Life, the knowledge and understanding and proper use of Your word, the Holy bible. Amen.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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