22 Feb 2017 – The Rapture is Your Blessed Hope in Dark Times – Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online – New Creation Church Midweek Service Sermon Notes Online
Taste and see that the Lord is good. It is for us to experience and enjoy.
It’s not just a concept, it’s a reality.
God’s goodness will lead us to repentance. His goodness, if experienced first, will bring us to victory.
Under the Old Covenant you have to repent before you see God’s goodness. Today, God says “Take as much as you can”.
Even the capacity to receive His goodness, is goodness itself. Take God’s goodness first and you will repent without realizing it.
The devil is outplaying his hand – By causing the focus to be on Israel in these last days, he is actually fulfilling Bible prophecy.
Jesus said “your house is left to you desolate”.
About 40 years after that, the Romans came in, destroyed the temple, and the Jews were scattered to the four corners of the earth.
The Bible says that the Jews will come back again as a nation. We have seen Israel come back as a nation in our generation.
God wants us to realize and to be alerted to the fact that we are in the last days.
The Lord is our Bridegroom and He is coming back for us (His bride). Before the worst happens, the Lord will come back for us.
The Great Tribulation is coming. It is also called the time of Jacob’s trouble.
Many people are confused as to whether the Rapture will happen pre-Trib, mid-Trib or post-Trib.
Some people say that they are “pan-Trib” – what does that mean? It means it will all pan out. That shows ignorance. The Lord doesn’t want us to be ignorant about His coming.
After Jesus died, Mary Magdalene didn’t believe that Jesus rose from the dead, but she loved Him.
Like Mary, we got to have a heart of love for Jesus. It’s better to have a heart full of love without having perfectly correct doctrine, than a mind full of Bible knowledge but with a heart as cold as ice.
King Herod asked the Chief Priests and the Scribes where the Messiah will be born.
They told the king that the Prophet Nahum said that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem Ephratah.
They used Bible knowledge to come against the Lord.
Why do we want Bible knowledge? To tell our friends that we have more information than them? That’s pride. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
The Lord can teach those with a heart of love and take care of their doctrine.