What About? Answering Difficult Questions About The Bible (Volume 2) DVD Teaching Series by Pastor Joseph Prince - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - Why Are There Calamities In This World If God Is Love?
Genesis 1 - God made everything and said that it was good. Man was the only thing created that was in His image, and He called it very good. God made man last, on the sixth day of creation. God wanted man to enjoy His finished work, and so that man could not take glory for any of the creations.
The devil doesn't give us needs, he perverts our needs. Needs show that there is a gift out there that is created by God to meet that need.
Adam was the federal head of the earth before he sinned. After He sinned, all creation fell. Everything began to decay.
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents the Law.
If God made everything good and gave man free choice, it would be a false free choice. The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil is the option given to man to provide an option, to provide true free will.
Evolution presupposes everything going from a lower level to a higher level, but everything in the universe decays, and if left alone goes from a higher level to a lower level.
Psalms 115:16 - The earth was given by God as a gift to man. However, Adam gave his authority over the earth to the devil. God can't take the earth back from the devil immediately when Adam sinned because He is a Just God.
"The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men." (Psalms 115:16 NKJV)
Death was never in God's plan for mankind. Death can be traced back to the fall of man when Adam sinned.
Genesis 3:15 - Jesus is the woman's "Seed" who will bruise the devil's head. Usually the seed is provided by a man. This points also to the virgin birth of Jesus the Messiah.
"And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”" (Genesis 3:15 NKJV)
The devil is not all-knowing. He must use the sense realm to observe. He instigated Cain to kill Abel.
Genesis 6:1-8 - Angels can take human form but it is illegal. The fallen angels married women on earth to pollute the human seed to prevent the promised Messiah from being born. This resulted in half-human, half-angel giants that were born on the earth.
"Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD." (Genesis 6:1-8 NKJV)
Jude 1:6-7 and II Peter 2:4 - The fallen angels who committed the sexual sins were thrown into Tartarus (hell) - bound in chains in darkness, never to be allowed to perform this sin again.
"And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." (Jude 1:6-7 NKJV)
"For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;" (II Peter 2:4 NKJV)
God flooded the earth to destroy all the polluted seed, and He found a family with pure seed - Noah's family.
God tilted the earth to congeal all the flood waters. Only after the Flood were there four seasons on earth. After the Flood, people's lifespans were greatly shortened.
The devil tried to curse Ham through Noah to stop the Messiah from being born. All present-day people come from three men: Japheth are all the Europeans, Shem are all the middle easterners and Asians. Ham are all the Africans.
Out of Shem came the Jewish people - Abraham was a Semite. Abraham found grace with God and God cut a covenant with Abraham. God wanted a covenant because He needs a way to help man legally.
Marriage is not a piece of paper, it's a holy covenant. In marriage, troubles are halved, and joy is doubled.
The only way to break a covenant is by death.
When we pray, we are activating our covenant with God.
The devil wanted to stop the Promised Messiah from being born by trying to make Sarah barren and by defiling the seed by trying to make Abimelech take Sarah into his harem.
Genesis 12:2-3 - Jesus told us to bless those who curse us because those who come against us will be cursed because of the Abrahamic Covenant.
"I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”" (Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV)
Jacob had twelve sons, and when Joseph exhibited special gifts of receiving dreams from God and had special favor from Jacob, the devil tried to kill Joseph.
Instead of dying, Joseph had the favor of God with him and he became the Prime Minister of Egypt.
When somebody comes against you, the devil is behind it all and he is so afraid of you.
I Peter 1:10-12 - Even in the Old Testament, the prophets were looking forward to see our generation - whereby the grace and favor of God would come upon all believers. Angels are facinated by the salvation provided to man through the blood of Christ. God did not send His Son to save the fallen angels who sinned, He sent His Son to save us.
"Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into." (I Peter 1:10-12 NKJV)
The devil cannot read our minds. Don't speak words that make him think he's winning. Keep God's praise in your mouth.
The devil tried to prevent the Messiah from being born by making Pharaoh command the killing of all Hebrew babies.
When the devil saw David anointed by Samuel as king of Israel, and that he killed Goliath the giant, he sent spears after David and David was hunted by King Saul. Again, the devil failed to stop the Promised Messiah from being born.
2 Chronicles 22:10-12 - Athaliah is the daughter of the wicked couple - King Ahab and Jezebel the prophetess. All the royal heirs of Judah were killed except for Joash who was hidden from the devil. Again the devil failed to prevent the Messiah's lineage from ending.
"Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs of the house of Judah. But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered, and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah so that she did not kill him. And he was hidden with them in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land." (II Chronicles 22:10-12 NKJV)
The devil used the prophecies of the Coming Messiah to locate where and when Jesus would be born. He used King Herod to try to exterminate Jesus by ordering all Hebrew children below the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed, and he failed again. The devil never expected Jesus to be born in a smelly, humble manger.
Romans 5:15-17 - This is the purpose for all the human drama throughout the Bible - God wants to give us these gifts to allow us to reign in life! It's about making life reign, and not death. "Receive" is a present active participle which means that we have to keep on receiving abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.
"But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)" (Romans 5:15-17 NKJV)
Romans 8:19-21 - The earth will be healed if the people of earth are healed. All creation could talk in the beginning. All creation are now fallen and they are eagerly waiting for the revealing of the sons of God. They are groaning in pain and waiting for us believers to possess our sonship.
"For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." (Romans 8:19-21 NKJV)
Romans 8:15 - Many churches still don't dare to call God "Abba, Father". We should step into our role of sonship!
"For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”" (Romans 8:15 NKJV)
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