If at all possible, overlook a transgression.
In the course of a day, you’ll have many opportunities to “add fuel to the fire” or “let the fire go out for lack of fuel.”
For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife. —Proverbs 26:20-21
God wants us to be peacemakers.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. —Matthew 5:9
There are, of course, times when we must defend our God, our country, or our family.
But other than those rare occurrences, we have the responsibility of walking away from potential quarrels:
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, but any fool will quarrel. —Proverbs 20:3
. . . refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. —2 Timothy 2:23
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. —Proverbs 15:1
If the Holy Spirit is taken out of this world (and we go with Him) at the Rapture, how will all the tribulation saints come to Christ? It is my belief that none can seek God unless He first seeks you by His Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit gone, how can anyone seek after God?
They will be saved the same way the Old Testament saints were saved—by faith. (Hebrews 11). That’s also the way we are saved today—by faith.
Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. —Galatians 3:24
For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. —Galatians 5:5
God, in the form of the Holy Spirit, arrived to indwell and convict believers in Acts 2. Prior to Acts 2/Church Age, the Holy Spirit would only fall “ON” people, not “indwell” people because Jesus had not yet died for their sins. Once their sins were paid for, the Holy Spirit could live in the “cleansed” body.
so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word —Ephesians 5:26
The seven-year tribulation is actually the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27.
Seventy weeks [490 years] have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks [49 years] and sixty-two weeks [434 years]; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. Then after the sixty-two weeks [total of 483 years] the Messiah will be cut off [executed] and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week [7 years], but in the middle of the week [3 1/2 years into the 70th week] he [the Antichrist] will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate. —Daniel 9:24-27
The 70th week, or last 7 years of the prophecy, is an extension and completion of the first 69 weeks (483 years). The 70th Week, the last 7 years, will have the same characteristics as those in the first 69 weeks (483 years)—notably no indwelling of the Holy Spirit in Believers.
The remarkable period God inserted between the 69th and 70th weeks, an unspecified time period referred to as the “Church Age,” is different and distinct from any other period of time. When the Church Age ends, the world will never again have the distinguishing characteristic of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
To view a free presentation that includes a good graphic explanation of the 70 Weeks of Daniel, go to compass.org/30 (The Entire Bible in 30 Minutes!).
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