Sunday, October 4, 2020

It Is Well With My Soul (poem)

 When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live;
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


-Horatio G Spafford

This hymn was written after the death of his four-year-old son and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and the loss of his four daughters when the ship they were sailing on sank after a collision at sea. His wife sent him a telegram "Saved alone". As he was traveling to meet his wife, he wrote these words on the ship as he sailed over the place where the wrecked vessel that was his daughters tomb lay below the waters of the sea.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Missing Man

Ezekiel 22:30-  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 

We are reading of a hopeless situation with no remedy. The nation was being judged for its wickedness.

Proverbs 14:34- Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Psalms 9:17- The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Isaiah 40:17- All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

God states in this passage that he sought for a man to make a difference. Just one man. It is obvious that in such desperate times, He made allowance for just one.

Genesis 18:32- And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.

There were at times in the history of the nation of Israel where a man did stand up in righteousness and ward off the impending judgment.

Exodus 32:7-14- And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

Psalms 106:21-23- They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea. Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.

Kings 19:14- And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

And yet, there was still a silent remnant that was reserved.

Kings 19:18- Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Where is the missing man today? Or woman like Queen Esther, or Deborah the prophetess, who hazarded their lives to stand for what was right?

Psalms 12:1- Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Isaiah 59:4,14-16- None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

Isaiah 63:5- And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. 

Jeremiah 5:1- Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

Psalms 94:16- Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

Ezekiel 13:3-6- Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.

Even in the throes of the Babylonian captivity, Israel still had Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 18:20- Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.

Jeremiah 30:12-13- For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.

Hosea 7:7- They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.

What is needed is a mediator who can intercede to God on our behalf.

Job 9:30-35- If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.

Thank God for our Savior!

Timothy 2:5- For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Isaiah 53:12- Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Romans 8:34- Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Hebrews 7:25- Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Neither the Virgin Mary, nor the saints are interceding on your behalf. 

Job 5:1- Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?

Job 15:15- Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

Now, will YOU be the man or woman that God can count on or are you missing in action? When this country goes down the drain, will it have had anyone trying to stand in the gap praying for God's mercy?

Ezekiel 9:4- And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Timothy 2:1-8- I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

If you don't hold the line for your family, who will?

Romans 9:1-5- I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Corinthians 7:16- For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? 

Peter 3:1-2- Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

Job 1:5- And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Phil Kidd had an Uncle and Aunt that prayed for him before his conversion. If you don't intercede for your brethren, who will?

Corinthians 5:1-2- It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

John 5:16- If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

Will you make a difference? Will you be the man or woman that God finds standing in the gap and making the hedge? Or will there be none.

Psalms 142:4- I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. 


-Adam Trosclair

King James Bible Baptist Church

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Bible Prophecy and History



This is by no means an exhaustive study. There are many more passages in the Bible that prophesied about events before they happened, and many other passages that are still yet to happen. 

Jewish people go into captivity to Babylon- Written around 626 BC;  Happened 606 BC
Jeremiah 25:11-12- And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

Cyrus conquers Babylon and allows the Jews to return to their homeland- Written between 701 to 681 BC; Happened 539 BC
Isaiah 45:1-Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

Messiah will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver and it will be cast to the potter in the temple- Written between 570 BC to 420 BC; Happened between AD 29 to AD 35
Zechariah 11:10-13-  And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD. And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

The temple will be completely destroyed- Spoken around AD 29 to AD 33; Happened 70 AD
Matthew 24:1-2- And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Worldwide dispersion of Jewish people- Written 1590 BC to 1570 BC; Happened AD 135
Deuteronomy 4:27- And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.

Jewish people return to the land of their forefathers- Happened during the early 1900's
Amos 9:14-15- And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.Isaiah 11:12 - And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Israel signs a peace treaty- Happening NOW
Daniel 9:27a- And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:

This verse says the treaty will be for about 7 years.

Timeline Prophecy: Most of this prophecy has been fulfilled, but there is one last part that remains unfulfilled-
Daniel 2:36-42- This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

(Head) Babylon falls to Media Persia- Happened 539 BC
(Chest and arms) Media Persia falls to Alexander the Great- Happened 333 BC to 330 BC
(Belly and thighs) Alexander the Great= see below
(Legs) Roman Empire= see below
(Feet and Toes) Antichrist kingdom

Daniel 8:19-26- And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.

Daniel received much prophecy during his years. After Babylon had fallen, he saw the vision in Daniel 8 which spoke about Alexander the Great conquering Media Persia, and that four kindgoms would stand up in its place. This was a prophecy that Alexander's four generals would take over and split the kingdom since he had no heir; Happened 323 BC.

These four kingdoms would battle until one remained in power. That one was the Attalid dynasty. The last ruler had no heir, but was a faithful ally to the Roman Empire and when he died he willed his kingdom to the Roman Republic; Happened 133 BC. Rome had already conquered the kingdoms created by the other three generals. It was now the ruler of the "civilized world". They were in power under the rule of Caesar when the Messiah was born.

In the latter time of their kingdom (Rome and the Middle East) a terrible ruler will stand up who does awful things. He is demonic and yet takes over by peace. He kills many people, and is known in the New Testament as the AntiChrist. This is part of the prophecy that hasn't happened yet. But with all the prophecy that has already been fulfilled, can you doubt that it will come to pass? 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

One More Day's Work For Jesus (poem)

 One more day’s work for Jesus,
One less of life for me!
But Heav’n is nearer, and Christ is clearer
Than yesterday, to me.

His love and light fill all my soul tonight.
One more day’s work for Jesus!
How sweet the work has been,
To tell the story, to show the glory,

Where Christ’s flock enters in!
How it did shine in this poor heart of mine.
One more day’s work for Jesus!
O yes, a weary day;

But Heav’n shines clearer, and rest comes nearer,
At each step of the way;
And Christ in all, before His face I fall.
O bless├Ęd work for Jesus!

O rest at Jesus’ feet!
There toil seems pleasure, my wants are treasure,
And pain for Him is sweet.
Lord, if I may, I’ll serve another day!

One more day’s work for Jesus,
One more day’s work for Jesus,
One more day’s work for Jesus,
One less of life for me!

-Anna Warner