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The End Times (2 of 2)
Dr. Kenneth Boa
Isaiah 53:4-5, Daniel 12:2-3, Zechariah 12:10, Matthew 25:31, Luke 1:32-33, John 1:17, 14:2-3, Romans 8:1, 9:6, Ephesians 3 vss 5, 9, 5:25-27; I Corinthians 3:9-15, 10:32, 12:13, 15:51-52, II Corinthians 5:1-10, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, II Peter 3:10, Revelation 19:7
June 2, 1997
Our Father, we do celebrate the reality of Jesus Christ in our lives, the fact that He has come, that you have demonstrated Your love, not only in words, but also in actions. We thank You that Jesus paid a price we could not hope to pay. He earned a relationship, He merited a relationship that by virtue of His perfection and merit we could not hope to earn. He puts it on our account so that we can have a security and an assurance that we are indeed Your children. Your Spirit bears witness with that. We thank You that You indwell us, and that Christ's life in us can be manifested through us. We pray that that would be the case in a growing sense, if we walk with Him in this brief, earthly sojourn. We pray in His name, Amen.
(Note: This is a restatement of "End Times Part I" except here, Ken does not go into any details regarding the other views - amillenialism and postmillenialism, and also very little about pre-millenialism per se).
We're going to be looking now at this little chart of the end times, and I want to walk you through just some basic thoughts in terms of giving you an overview, or basic structure, and I want to fill out some details, and then we'll have some time, I hope, for some questions at the end.
DISTINCTION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH: One of the things we have to keep in mind is this whole distinction. My own view will draw what I regard to be an important distinction, between Israel and the church. Now I know and recognize that there are different views of this, as you'll see on this chart that I've given you. My own view is that there is a distinction in which Israel always refers to the physical posterity of Jacob. Romans 9:6, if you want to reference, and First Corinthians 10:32 clearly distinguish and show that Israel was regarded, even after the birth of the church, a distinct entity. The church as a new thing was born at Pentecost, and so this first little portion we're going call the Church Age.
Remember Jesus said that the law preceded Him, but grace was brought in. Jesus said, "Before Me, you were under law." Jesus Himself perfectly fulfilled the Mosaic Law and brought in an age of grace. For example, it says this in John 1:17, "for the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ." Now that means that we're no longer under the Mosaic Law, the things in the Old Testament that were not repeated in the New, we are under a law of Christ. For example, we're no longer obligated to the sacrificial system, the ceremonial cleansings, and such things like that, the sort of things you read in Leviticus. But you also see that some of the laws in the O ...
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