The God Of
Steel and Velvet
Jessie Mills Ph.D.
THE GOD OF STEEL AND VELVET
I. Purpose for such a lesson.
A. To show the attributes of God.
B. To show that God intended that man possessed these attributes. (Gen. 1:26) “Then God said, let us make man in our image, according to our likeness”. In brief possess the attributes of the godhead. To be man
and woman of steel and velvet.
(A-insert) Further to show
God planned the gospel in the period of beginning. As far as the biblical record
show, this gospel was preached to Abraham. Little by little it was revealed to
the people of old in dark language through the prophets, until it reached the first Pentecost after the death of Christ, when
the terms of the gospel provided the Holy Spirit of God to intervene as was promised by Christ. Thereby, through the apostles, giving them utterances that introduced fulfilled prophecy, the great tribulation,
and the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come to reveal to the Jews the provisions for the salvation of those guilty
This was the beginning of what is referred to as coming to full circle. However,
the full circle was not completed until the judgment of Judah and the coming of Shiloh. At which time the scepter would pass from Judah (Gen. 49:10). Then “it
is finished”. (John 19:30)
phrase “Steel and Velvet” defined.
1. Throughout our society from Adam and Eve, we find men who are weak, spoiled, pampered, and spineless for
the most part. Lacking moral, physical or mental strength or all three. There are men who fail to take their position as head of the household, who allow
women and children to push them around, not wishing to accept the responsibility which is rightfully their own. The apostle Paul reminds Timothy of this attribute. (1Tim. 5:8) “But
if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he had denied the faith and is worse than
2. Some men blatantly encourage their wives to assume burden. Many so-called jokes center on the idea of the wife “wearing the pants” in the family. Her husband is facetiously portrayed as a blundering bumpkin, buffeted around by circumstances,
offering no strong direction or leadership. This is contrary to God’s Divine
Decree: (Gen. 1:26). “And God said, Let us make man in our own image, and
according to our likeness”. Likeness is holiness and attributes. (Eph. 5:22-25) “ Wives be subject to your own husbands,
as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the
head of the Church, He himself being the Savior of the Body.” To take on
the attribute of God, man must become the man of steel and velvet.
3. God provided by Divine Decree (Gen. 1:26) that a man’s most important responsibility in life is to
be the guide, protector, and provider for his wife, his children, his community and his country. This role is not merely a result of custom or tradition. It
is of Divine origin.
In relation to the above, and
in addition to failing at home, men are failing to measure up in society. We
are in a period of crisis. It is likely that the great inheritances we enjoy
from the labors and sacrifices of those who have gone on before, those who sacrificed lives in the past may be lost. Freedom, as God designed it, is in jeopardy.
It is a time of turmoil, strife, grand theft, and numerous other problems. Our only hope is for men to rise to their
feet as real men. Men of steel and velvet are men who are not afraid to lead
and teach God’s Truths. But where are God’s heroes of today? Where is the man who will proclaim, “give me Liberty or give me death”? Where are the
men who are willing and who has the courage to look into God’s Holy Word and teach its contents as it is written.
4. “In our image, according to our likeness”. Children
of a recessive father also suffer as innocent victims. They are made to feel
insecure due to lack of firmness and decisiveness. Children, who grow up in a
home where the father does not command obedience for his words, or the word of the Lord, learn disobedience. They learn that they do not have to yield to authority. When
turned out into the world, they are likely to be the rebellious youth, as we know them today.
They are the ones who refuse to turn their hearts to the Lord. They are
the ones who are lawbreakers, troublemakers in school, and the delinquents of society.
5. The need in every age from Adam and Eve to the present day. In
crucial ages, and especially in our own times, the need is men of strong minds, kind hearts, and willing hands. Men who find
real joy in labor for our God. Enforcing especially the moral codes of God, which
in turn will result in total obedience to God. Men of courage, who are not afraid
to seek for the truth and then teach it, Men whose hearts, are set on God, not money.
Men of high honor and strong desires to serve our Lord, men of clear minds and high goals, men who are not afraid of
great responsibility. Men who can become dedicated to a task and will surrender
their own selfish desires to a pursuit of life and service in the Body of our Lord.
Men whose word is as good as their bond (Eph. 5:1) (1Cor. 11:1) But along
with these attributes there must be the fiber of steel and velvet. God needs
those who can appreciate a sunrise or a sunset. Men who love their families with
passion and honor, Men who can consider the interest of others before his own interest (Phil. 2:1-5). Such would bring us in likeness of our God and Christ. Even
today we are instructed to be imitators of God and Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1; Eph. 5:1)
A. (Gen. 12:1-3) “Now the Lord said to Abram,
go forth from your relatives and from your fathers house, to the land which I will show you; v-2. And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be
a blessing v-3. And I will bless those who bless you, and the ones who curse
you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” On this occasion God demonstrated His choice of a man possessed with His attributes. A man of “Steel and Velvet”.
B. The qualities and attributes would bring blessings to people of the whole world provided they,
as Abram would diligently obey God in all His commandments. Every person since
unto this day, and yes through eternity could be a man as Abram was. We have
the same opportunity. The difference between then and now, is that Abram was
prepared as a man of steel and velvet before God called him.
C. At some point after God speaks to Abram, God foreseeing that the Gentiles would be justified by
faith, none other than Abraham’s faith, God preached the gospel to Abraham. (Gal.
3:8) “That is the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His
saints”. (Col. 1:26) The mystery
being the revealed gospel, which was composed before the ages, began. Before
God laid the foundation of the world. (Rom. 16:25) (1Cor. 2: 7-8)
D. For what purpose would God preach the gospel to Abraham?
That act was to fulfill God’s plan for man. God does not say I will
bless the seed of Noah! Rather it is clear that the seed of Abraham would be
blessed. It was to some degree like Abraham began a spiritual race of people. Especially since Peter stated “ Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord,
and you have become her children, if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear”. (1Pet. 3:6) See also (Gal. 4:22-31) (Gen. 21:10)
E. Thus it was inevitable at this time that Abraham was designated as the spiritual bridge between
the world and the gospel of Jesus Christ at God’s appointed time. Abraham
would fill that gap when the gospel came full circle. When Christ would leave
the Holy Spirit to finish that work of bringing the gospel full circle. (Acts
2:4) and ended 70 AD (Luke 21:20,22)
F. When I speak of bringing the gospel full circle, perhaps it may be confusing to those who do not
have a good knowledge of biblical teaching and events. I give you scripture here
in order that you may become better acquainted with God and the things He accomplished before the foundation of the world
was laid down. It is commonly referred to as the Scheme of Redemption which consisted
of the following:
1. To recognize the sovereignty of God.
2. The plan to redeem mankind which He would create being sovereign.
He could look down through the ages and see that His creation would sin. There
had to be a plan.
The plan for salvation.
4. God’s calling, election and justification.
5. You have come to through His son. You have come to
the place of salvation. (Heb. 12:22-28)
These five articles are very
important for every person to fully understand God’s plan for man and how each person fits in. The scriptures I promised to give you are as follows: (Col. 1:26) (1 Pet. 1:20) (Heb. 9:26) (Eph. 1:4)
(1Cor. 2:7,8) (Matt. 25:34)
(B Insert)- (Heb 12:28) Therefore,
since we receive a kingdom, which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude by which we may offer to God an acceptable service
with reverence and awe.
This is a kingdom spoken of
by Daniel the prophet. Who says this kingdom shall be set up by God? A kingdom which will endure forever. (Dan. 2:44) Luke spoke
of this kingdom in parables. (Luke 19:12-77) A certain nobleman went away to
receive a kingdom and return. (Dan. 7:13-14) Daniel sees one like the son of
man coming up to the ancient of days to receive a kingdom and to Him (the Ancient of days) was presented a kingdom and dominion. One, which would never pass away, one, which will not be destroyed. So, we have come to the spiritual kingdom
of Jesus Christ.
G. In regards to the plan of our sovereign
God, it could be Informative and a great help to understand the differences between God’s principles, patterns and that
of prophecy. Moses records God’s record in (Gen. 3:8-15) of His pattern or His pattern of judgment and punishment to
the serpent, or all that is sin.
(Gen. 3:16) Now He announces judgment and punishment upon the mother of the human race.
(Gen. 3:17) God announces judgment and punishment upon Adam the Father of the human race. This is a pattern of judgment, which began in the Garden of Eden and will continue through eternity. In the event the reader does not fully understand the phrase principal and pattern. Suppose your desire is to go to the local store and purchase enough cloth to make
a dress. The first thing you do is to look at patterns, then you purchase your
pattern, cloth, thread and other things you will need. Now you can complete your
plans for a new dress. But without the pattern you just don’t know where
to start. Now if you keep that pattern for 50 years, use it again, you will have
a new dress just like the first one. Now look at (Gen 3:15) and see where God
foretold (prophecy) that which would come to pass when Jesus the Son of God died. He
bruised Satan on the head, Satan bruised Christ on the heel, and Satan was destroyed by the seed of woman just as God prophesied.
The truth is many people do not know the difference between patterns God has
set and prophecy made in and through the prophets. There are many patterns of
judgment and of punishment that has been used before and will be used again. As
Paul announces to the Roman Church in (Rom. 2: 8-9). You
see the principles and patterns were incorporated into the New Testament, because they were part of God’s Plan. But principles and patterns are not prophecy.
For all prophecy has been fulfilled. Jesus made that clear in (Matt. 5:17)
(Luke 21: 20-22) and (Luke 24:44)
Joshua in Prophecy (Deut. 18: 15-18) When this is read and preached, people
refers this to Christ! Not so, Joshua is primary. V-15 “The lord your God
will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your country men, you shall listen to him”. V-18 God said,
“I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall
speak to them all that I command him”. Their countrymen were those to whom
Moses was leading at that time. Such statements could not apply to Christ primary
for some fifteen hundred years separated the events. The point here is to know
what is prophecy, who it was directed to, and when it would take place. Please
read (Zech. 13: 1-3)
III. Christ in Prophecy.
A. (Gen. 3:15) In verse fifteen God in His conversation
with the serpent informs the serpent that the seed of this woman, Eve, who was present at the time would bruise him, the serpent
on the head. The reference here is to Jesus Christ born through the seed of woman,
not only bruised Satan the serpent on the head but struck a deathblow to him.
statement is the first of prophecy made by God, Himself. The fulfillment is seen in (Matt 1: 18-20) Christ’s power came
in (Matt. 3:13-17). Now he has the power to begin his work to destroy the works
of Satan. Previously Satan was the Administrator of earth. Earth was his domain; he was referred to as the Prince of the air. (Eph. 2:2) So, slowly Christ began carrying out the plans of the Father to rid earth of Satan. (John 12:31) Our next communication in regards to Satan comes from (John 16:11).
Then the apostle Paul writes to the church at Rome
and informs them that the God of Peace will soon crush Satan under their feet. (Rom. 16:20)
Paul when writing to the Hebrew church at Jerusalem
informed the Christians that through the death of Christ rendered Satan powerless. (Heb. 2:14)
(1John 3:8) informs us that Christ destroyed all the works of Satan. But there are some teachers who will tell you
that Satan is alive and well, and they quote (1Pet. 5:8) “Be of sober spirits
be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour”.
1. When Peter wrote his first letter it is true that
the devil was roaming the whole earth to stir up the nations to the Four Corners of the earth.
(Rev. 20:7-8) You are to understand truth, so now read and consider (Rev. 20:1-3) Satan was bound. There were to be no
interference from him during the Judgment scene of v-4. This judgment was not
against the whole earth, rather against Israel/Judah! Another part of God’s
plans being fulfilled. No loose ends were left undone. Nothing ever happened that was an after-thought on the part of God. (Rev. 20:4) This judgment is only the fulfillment of (Matt. 19:28) which clearly informs us that this judgment was
to judge Judah. The verdict being reached, and announced, guilty of all charges.
Then we can see why John says in the latter part of (Rev. 20:3) that after this period of v-4 is over he, Satan must
be released for a short time! (Rev. 20:7-8)
informs us that he, the devil, was released. These verses also inform
us as to what his mission was! Then (Rev. 20:10) informs us of his latter outcome. So, at the time that Peter made his statement Satan was indeed following orders from
God (Rev. 20:8). But it did not last long for (Dan. 7:26) informs us that his
dominion was taken away annihilated and destroyed forever.
2. So, who then received the vacated dominion on earth?
(Rev. 11:15) “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord
and of His Christ”. See also (Matt.28: 18).
3. It is scripturally evident that those today who teach
the presence of Satan on earth are simply not teaching God’s truth. The
doctrine is nothing more that scare tactics, which produce emotional religion. True,
there are sins on every corner, but let’s remember that God created man as a free moral agent, he can serve evil, or
he can serve God. Neither God nor Satan forces man to serve them. No more can we say because we serve evil that Satan made us do it....
For if Christ has all power in heaven and on earth then Satan has none. Common
sense tells us this.
Christ and Jacob.
1. After the Lord made his covenant with Abraham in
chapter twelve the Lord visits Abraham again in chapter eighteen to promise that his wife would bear him a son by her
own seed. This would be in keeping with (Gen. 3:15) as well as making Abraham
a great nation.
The Lord announces the birth of Isaac. Abraham would now have two sons, one physical,
and one spiritual according to the promise. According to the account given by
the apostle Paul (Gal. 4:22-31).
One son was born of the bondwoman, and Isaac by the free woman. Ishmael
represented present day Jerusalem in the time of Christ, because physical Jerusalem was in slavery. Then in (Gal. 4:26)
Paul states the Jerusalem above is free, if above then spiritual
What does scripture say?
1. Cast out the bondwoman and her son. For the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman.
2. Casting them out was to do two things, first, to
destroy Judaism. Second, to destroy physical Jerusalem
and replace it with spiritual Jerusalem which was above. John saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven, made ready as a bride adorned
for her husband.
3. The apostle Paul makes a statement to the Hebrew church, “For here we do not have a lasting
city” (knowing that the present day Jerusalem would
fall). “But we are seeking the city which is to come” (Heb. 13:14)
Paul did not live to see it but John did (Rev. 21:2)
Abraham sends for Rebecca.
1. Abraham, in keeping with his faith and righteousness,
chose a wife for his son from among his own family. There are two reasons why Abraham chose Rebecca. First, the bloodline would not be broken. Second, not only
would Rebecca’s family bless her because of the will of God, but also God Himself would approve. It was to elevate His chosen one, Abraham that nations would come from the womb of Rebecca, even later
Judah to whom Christ would come through.
2. The family of Rebecca recognizes that to let Rebecca
go was God’s will. (Gen. 24:60) “They blessed Rebecca and said
to her, may you, our sister become thousands of ten thousands, and may your descendants possess the gate of those who hate
them”, Quite a blessing I would say. But then they knew something that
we today still must learn! “ Imitate God”.
We must learn that the sovereign God had planned for the spiritual nation to begin with Abraham and his seed. Not Noah. Secondly, We need to learn that evil begets evil. Righteousness begets righteousness. Abraham
Had proven himself as a man of steel and velvet that would further his plan of redemption for the nations that would arise
from the seed of Abraham, then Isaac, then down to Jacob. God chose Abraham.
4. Rebekah conceives. Rebekah begins
to experience difficult problems with her conception. So she inquired of the
Lord. And the Lord said to her, “Two
nations are in your womb; and two peoples shall be separated from your body, and one people shall be stronger than the other;
and the older shall serve the younger.” (Gen. 25: 22-23)
5. From this statement by our sovereign God, we can understand why that Esau lost
his birthright, indeed Esau was the first to be born which under the laws of that day the birthright belonged to him. But from the beginning of his life Esau did not show himself to be a man of, he would
not have worked in God’s plan to create a spiritual people. A people in which would provide the proper foundation for
his son to come through.
6. Therefore, God foreseeing that Jacob possessed the qualities of steel and velvet,
which God desired, reversed tradition or law, and accepted Jacob to carry the bloodline of righteousness. (Gen. 25:23) Proves beyond any reasonable doubt that God could look down, even
at conception and see the twin that would follow Abraham and Isaac in righteousness.
7. Jacob wrestles with the Lord. In
a dream Jacob saw a ladder set up on earth and its top reached to heaven. Angels
were ascending and descending on it. Behold the Lord stood above it and said,
“I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. Then
God begins to foretell, or prophesy as to what his plans were for Jacob (Gen. 28: 11-16)
In sequence now Jacob has worked many years for his two wives, and now Jacob
arose that same night and took his two wives and his two maids and his children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. Jacob was left alone, and he encountered a man and wrestled with him until daybreak,
and when he saw that he had not prevailed against Jacob he touched the socket of his thigh: so the socket of Jacobs thigh
was dislocated while he wrestled with the angel. Then he said let me go, for
the dawn is breaking, but Jacob said I will not let you go unless you bless me. So
the man said what is your name, and Jacob said, Jacob. And the man said your
name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel,
for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed. (Gen. 32: 22-28)
Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-Aram, and God blessed
him. And God said to him, your name is Jacob; you shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name. Thus God called him Israel. (Gen. 35: 9-12)
10. The blessings of Manasseh and Ephriam. Behold Joseph
being in Egypt is told that his father
was sick. Joseph took his two sons’ and came to his father, Jacob. Jacob greets Joseph and his sons, and says, “And now your two sons, who were
born to you in the land of Egypt before
I came to you in Egypt, are mine: Ephraim
and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. But your offspring that
have been born after them shall be yours. (Gen. 48: 5-6)
11. Joseph approaches his father Jacob with his two sons in order that Jacob may bless them. Jacob lays his hand on the younger Ephraim; Manasseh was the older and was due the
blessing as the first-born. Jacob (Israel) blessed Joseph and said the God before
whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac worked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has redeemed
me from all evil, Bless the lads; and may my name live on in them and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and may they
grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. (Gen. 48: 15-16)
12. Jacob was blind and really could not distinguish which child was Ephraim, or which was Manasseth. However, as a sovereign God, God knew which one would better serve his purpose,
as it was with the two sons of Isaac. So, God caused Jacob to cross his arms
to where his right hand would rest upon the head of Ephraim. There is a lesson
in this event, which is very important, and to the good of mankind. God knows
what tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year hold for His children. He
denies many of our requests, just as he did with Joseph. Joseph was displeased
when Israel laid his hand on the head
of Ephraim, and tried to remove and prevent God’s decree from becoming reality.
Israel said, “I know my son,
I know.” (Gen.48: 17)
13. Is it not true today that people do not consider that God’s will is inevitable, regardless
of how small or how great? In my fifty years of teaching I have observed the
dissatisfaction of people who wear the name Christian show their disappointment with the will of God. Just as we have noticed with Joseph. Biblically God’s
people should be satisfied with whatever comes our way. Not try to prevent God’s
will from being accomplished.
IV. Rusty Steel and Moth
A. Perhaps the following modern day evangelists will with their teaching describe fully the meaning
of this title, Rusty Steel and moth eaten velvet. Especially since God in the
beginning planned for mankind to have the traits of “Steel and Velvet.”
Which has already in this document been described.
1. On July 3, 2005 at a larger gathering in a nearby town, where a local preacher was asked to address
the public audience, at his closing he invited people to come forth and be saved. “All
you need to do right now is to come and accept Jesus in your heart and you have salvation.
No other effort is needed.”
2. Comment: I
am cognizant of this teaching coming from modern day evangelists. First such
teaching comes from (Jonah 2:9). And are used by those who are educated above
their intelligence! Such statements as these blaspheme the very person of Christ.
(Acts 9:1-12) The conversion of Saul of Tarsus was recorded
to forever show a classic example of the road to salvation. After the Lord appearing
to Saul he is told in verse 6 to make effort to enter the city and there it would be told him what he “must do”. Saul enters the city of Damascus he is there three days neither did he eat, nor drink,
behold he is praying.
(V-9-11, 17-18). Ananias enters the house, lays his hand on Saul, he received
his sight, and Saul arose and was baptized. Paul the Apostle gives his account
of the event in (Acts 22: 16). And now why do you delay? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord”. So, It takes baptism to wash away ones sins. Paul was still
a sinner until he was baptized (John 9:31) Mark 16:16 confirms. Acts 2:39 confirms
the Holy Spirit speaking through Peter and confirmed baptism as essential to forgiveness of sins. To deny this is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit!
B. On this date July 4, 2005, the heads of the United Churches of Christ made the decision to endorse
same sex marriage and invited same sex partners to join them. They added any
of the churches that disapprove of this decision could leave the Union of the United Churches of Christ...Not to be confused
with the Original Church
of Christ. Although some Churches of Christ have made it known they accept homosexuals.
1. Christ’s church is a separate entity from any
other entity founded by men. It is God given, blood bought (Acts 20:28) (Eph.
3:9-10) the difference is that of the genuine, and the counterfeit. The genuine
is not any part of the ecumenical movement, but there is the counterfeit and their change agents. Who would, if they could, destroy the Bible all together, and write their own plans? To some degree they are writing their own plan and passing it on to you in their study bibles. Each year you see more change in the study bibles. They know
this is the way to get their message to the young people.
2. It was not many years past that some of today’s
Liberal Churches were rock solid in sound doctrine, but they decided to compromise and accommodate the pure gospel to please
more people. Once that started there is no stopping the decline in Truth until
they become apostate. God said to Israel
who was doing the same with His word as is being done today! “My people
are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6) On July 3, 2005 I preached to a congregation where most of the people were elderly. I asked one question “has anyone ever heard a lesson preached on blasphemy, if so raise your hand”. No hands were raised. The oldest one
there was some ninety years old! Then I showed how that people who claim to be
Christians are today committing blasphemy. I started reading from (Acts 2:2-47)
I stopped at verse 4 and asked who was really giving the message that came from the apostles lips, my first answer was Peter! I had just read verse 4, where the Holy Spirit was giving them utterances. That’s the answer, they were instruments used by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel on Pentecost. So then everyone had to read it and admit they did not know. To deny what was taught on that day was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Can you imagine the look and expression that was on the faces of some?
1. Did you know that the Holy Spirit confirmed the prophecy
of Joel 2:28 –ff? You do now know that those of Acts 2:13 blasphemed the Holy Spirit.
Peter said and confirmed, “But this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel.” Did you know that
the phrase “last days” was in progress on that day? Are you aware
that the Holy Spirit confirmed the great tribulation and persecution that led up to AD 70 when the day, the great and glorious
day of the Lord would come? (Mal. 4: 1-5) also, confirms what the Holy Spirit
had said here. But, someone is sure to say in regards to Malachi, but Elijah
has not come, and the Second Coming cannot happen until Elijah comes first.... Please read (Matt. 11:11-14) and (Matt. 17:10-13). Satisfied? But then Jesus reminds us
of the prophecy of Jacob. Jacob in (Gen. 49: 10) stated that the Jewish Nation
would remain in existence; the scepter would not pass “until Shiloh shall come”. Jesus confirms this in (Luke 21: 20-22). Jesus
came and removed the scepter from Judah, and replaced Judah with the Gentiles (Matt. 21: 43).
2. Then in North
Charleston, S.C. you hear a well known preacher make the statement
from the pulpit “that we have come here today to teach you about the future second coming of Christ, that is our goal”
3. Dear reader, do you know what this man did when he
made this statement, and warned those who were present. If they did not believe
this they could leave, and some did. He blasphemed the Holy Spirit just as those
did in (Acts 2:13) he dishonored the Elders and Deacons as people without knowledge.
Although they approved of his teachings. For sure they had no knowledge
of what Daniel taught in (Dan. 7), and surely they had no knowledge of (Dan. 12: 1-7).
Where Daniel overheard the angels ask the question, “when would be the end of all these wonders?” The other angel replied, “When they finish destroying the power of the holy
people all these events will be completed”.
A. Salvation is a divine prerogative as Paul said some plant, others water, but it is God who gives
the spiritual increase. Another thing Jesus was speaking of spiritual fruit of
sanctification. His disciples had been set apart for God’s Holy use, and
in a willing service. They could not lie for the Holy Spirit directed them into
all Truth. (John 16: 33) Man is
the creature who is very dangerous, when they lie; they lie. (1John 3: 6-9) There
is only one difference here; the God filled spiritual man cannot lie for the sake of popularity, personal gain, or larger
audiences. But the ones whom God describes as unlearned, undisciplined, and without
knowledge. Paul said it best in (Eph. 5:9-13) Paul exhorts us to have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them. Jude 3 confirms.
1. Christians must be separate from the sinful world. Paul instructed the Corinthian Saints, “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship
have righteousness and iniquity? Wherefore come ye out from among them,
and be ye separate, sayeth the Lord.”
(2Cor. 6:14-18) So, then when Christian schools and universities turn away from the confirmed truth of God’s word, it’s
time to separate ourselves from them, and expose them, not support them.
1. One of our once leading Christian
Universities in Texas,
has stood by, looked and listened to one of their ex-students become very popular and well known by using the shelter of this
University. This person a well know change agent, by the name of Joe Blow, has
begun a movement on the West Coast of America and reaches the North East to Tennessee, and onto the South. A universal set of rules for his followers. His terms and
rules include fellowship with any religious denomination. “We all are serving
the same God”. “We are all brothers in Christ”. Entertainment is in keeping with retaining membership. Swapping
pulpits, approval of instruments in worship. These Liberals offer a bible that
is not inspired, or an authoritative word of God. Such is found in their study
bibles. To them the old and original bible is full of myths and legends with
many mistakes. To them it definitely is not infallible. To them it is not what we will be judged by in the last day. (John
2. While Liberals generally talk of Heaven, most of
them do not believe in a real place of torment, Lake Of Fire. We have a theological coup among
all churches. My observation of part of the problem is that “Pro- Gay”
theologians and “Pro-Feminist” theologians resort to similar manipulations of the biblical text to escape clear
teachings that are unacceptable to them and their agendas. When Paul spoke in
(Gal. 5:19-21) He meant what he said and the Holy Spirit confirmed it. (Rom. 1:24-32) Is
the bottom line for the same sex marriage, the homosexuals? It becomes very clear
as to Truth when we read (Rom. 1:32) “they are worthy of death”. (1Cor.
6:9) they cannot obtain salvation. Paul has something to say about the “female
Pastors”, the female Elders. (1Tim. 2:11-12) “ I do not allow a woman to teach”. This is sealed
by the authority of God. So, remember the current call for wide-open “in
Christ” fellowship with all is not authorized by God!
I have discussed men who were once men of steel
and velvet, but now have become a promoter of the so-called universal acceptance of all into fellowship. These now have become rusty and moth eaten; they have as did the Jews, so many times, rejected the Truth,
and have blasphemed God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. So to blaspheme the Holy
Spirit is death. (Matt 12: 32) The fact is, the promoters of the views we have
discussed in this part of the document, wish to be rid of unpopular bible doctrines.
So they can, without hindrance implement their own. Our spiritual defense
is to follow Paul’s advice to Timothy. (2Tim. 2:15). “Be diligent
to present yourselves approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed handling accurately the word of Truth”. “All scripture is inspired.” (2 Tim. 3:16)
V. Prophecy Judah and Shiloh
A. How Great Thou Art, as we move to Israel’s
blessings upon his twelve sons at the close of his life, we will only be concerned with Judah. (Gen. 49:8) we are to be aware of blessings containing prophecy of Jesus Christ, and the tribe of Judah being abolished.
B. When Paul expressly styles Jesus Christ “the Apostle” and high priest of our profession
(Heb. 3:1) and by argument shows the superiority of his mission above that of Moses, and of his priesthood above that of Aaron
in the Epistle to the Hebrews, his priesthood was foretold by David, to be a royal priesthood.
After the order of Melchizedek. (Ps. 110:4) But where can we find his
mission or Apostleship foretold except in Jacobs (Israel)
prophecy? Which was evidently so understood by Moses when God offered to send
him as his Ambassador to Pharaoh, and Moses at first declined the arduous mission: “O,
my Lord, send I pray thee by the hand of him whom thou wilt send, or by the promised Shiloh.” (Ex. 3:10, 4:13) Here then I think we find the true meaning and derivation of the disputed term Shiloh in this prophecy. The Vulgate renders “He
that is to be sent. “ This important prophecy concerning Judah, I think, intimates.
1. a) The warlike character and conquests of this tribe.
b) The cessation of their civil and religious polity at the first coming of Shiloh. c) His
meek and only inauguration at that time as the Spiritual king. d) His Second Coming as a warrior to trample on all his enemies.
e) To teach and instruct his faithful people in and through the Holy Spirit. (John 16:13)
shall continue a distinct tribe till the “sent” Shiloh. The Messiah shall come to abolish the old covenant, which included Judah and Judaism.
3. In Judah
we are brought to see and understand that such men as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have achieved a balance of the Steel and Velvet,
and they stand securely on an unshakable pedestal. At the apex of this relatively
small group of individuals stands Jesus Christ, who was the epitome of all that was good and strong. He was not lacking in any area. He never had to ask for forgiveness for something wrongly spoken. A study of his life reveals an intriguing demonstration of the Steel and Velvet. Never did he lose sight of his responsibility to complete the work he was sent to
do. He maintained his devotion to it until the end when he said; “ it is finished”. (John 19:30)
4. Abraham having received the gospel was taught to
emulate God the Father. Today men are taught to emulate Jesus Christ. (I Cor.
11:1) God spoke long ago to his people who had forsaken the truth and was doing
what pleased them, each going his own way, and doing his own thing. (Hosea 4:6) “My
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge,
I, also, will reject you from being my priest. Since you have forgotten the law
of your God, I, also, will forget your children.” Could it be that the
world today has reached the same point of rejection of the true Gospel?
5. The Gospel preached to Abraham during his lifetime
was the same Gospel taught in the first century and the same today. No period
in history of the Gospel does it allow for denominations or religion. The gospel
was decreed as God’s will before the foundation of the world. It is neither
denominational or religion. It is God’s terms to be met before receiving
salvation. The Gospel shows that the believing gentiles are children of the promise
as Isaac was; and have been approved by God in place of the Jews, who have been cast out, according to Scripture. (Gal. 4:21-31)
6. The replacement of the Jews by Gentiles can mean
only one thing that Judah (Jews) must come to a point where their covenant with God expires. (Heb. 8:13) When He said, “ a new covenant He has made the first obsolete, but whatever is becoming obsolete
and growing old is ready to disappear”. Therefore, the new was ready to
take the place of the old. (Jer.31: 31-34) So, the Gentiles are ready to take
the place of the Jews with God. (Matt. 21:43) God through the prophet Moses warned
the Jews this would happen if they did not diligently obey Him. (Deut 28:48-68)
VI. Prophecy of Abraham’s
Gospel Reaches Isaiah.
A. I say Abraham’s Gospel because he was the first
to receive it. It is God’s plan, but God selects men who have already made
themselves known as accepting God, and has proven to have the attributes of God, attributes of Steel and Velvet. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were men who were willing to infringe upon the evils of their day and announce
God as the God of Heaven and earth. Isaiah was well aware of the legacy of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob. He was also aware that they represented God in His plan. Yet not revealing the terms of the Gospel.
B. As Isaiah begins to reveal hidden events of the Gospel, he does so in a hidden language or prophetic
language. Perhaps he did not know the end results of that which he spoke and
wrote about. The Law of Moses had lost its effectiveness through unfaithful practices;
the people were not reliable and were willing to compromise God’s commands thus bringing God’s wrath upon them. So, Isaiah begins to use the hidden mystery to warn Judah
and Jerusalem of their doom.
C. Isaiah was a man who maintained his individuality. In
foretelling the fundamentals of prophecy, which serve today as precepts for all men to investigate and live by. It is well to recognize that certain fundamentals serve as guides.
The qualities I describe as being Steel and Velvet serve as an aspiration to all men; they run deep in the Old Testament
as Paul urges us to look into. (1 Cor. 10:1-13) As we look to (Isaiah 2:1-4)
v-2 “in the last days”. This phrase does not even in the least infer
that Isaiah is speaking in regards to the last days in which the earth will stand no longer.
Rather Isaiah is writing as God has revealed to him of the last days of the old covenant. As Jacob prophesied to Judah, “ the Scepter shall
not depart from Judah, nor the rulers staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes.”
D. So what happens when Shiloh comes, and when does He come? Accordingly when Shiloh comes, Judah
and Jerusalem will have allowed their covenant to expire because
of their sins. They and the covenant of Judaism will be destroyed. (Jer. 31: 31-34) The covenant will be ushered in, and the
Gentiles will take the place of the Jews. When does Shiloh
come? “In the last days of Judah
and Jerusalem. Then
is when the prophecy of Jacob will be fulfilled. When Shiloh comes, Judah’s doom is at hand. 70 AD. What say ye to the prophecy of Jacob?
E. “In the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as chief of
the mountains and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it.” In this document we have stated the Gospel with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
We have Jacob foretelling of Shiloh coming, but Jacob does not inform us as to what
his coming will encompass. Isaiah does.
He would establish the Lord’s house. Refer to (Matt. 16:18) (Acts 20: 28) His house would be chief, which leaves
no room for denominations or Religions. “Come let us go up to the mountain
of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.” (Isa. 2:3) Strange indeed
the prophecy mentions no ones house save that of God. Yet today there are nearly
two thousand houses with different names and different doctrines. Paul said,
“Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and there be no divisions among
you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1Cor. 1:10) Then Luke says, (Acts 4:12) “And
there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under Heaven that has been given among men, by which we must
be saved.” It does seem strange that we find no other names in prophecy. Oh well, we could say that God forgot to mention the other names! Isaiah mentions the house of the Lord in verse two. This is
the same as Shiloh that Jacob (Israel)
prophesied in (Gen. 49:10)
F. Now Isaiah gives fuller details of this Shiloh, of the Lord in
(Isa. 9: 6-7)
1. A child will be born to us.
2. A son will be given to us.
3. The government will rest on his shoulders.
4. His name, wonderful, counselor, mighty God
5. Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
6. Establish his Kingdom.
7. No end to the increase of His government.
G. Isaiah states. (Isa. 11: 1-12)
1. A root will spring from the stem of Jesse.
2. The spirit of the Lord will rest on Him.
3. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding.
4. The Spirit of counsel and strength.
5. He will delight in the fear of the Lord.
6. He will not judge by what his eyes see.
7. Nor make a decision by what his ear hears.
8. He will decide with fairness.
9. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth. The same Gospel that was preached to Abraham.
10. He will slay the wicked.
11. Righteousness will be the belt about his loins.
12. Faithfulness the belt about His waist.
13. Please read (Isa. 52: 6-9)
14. Please read (Isa. 54:9-17) (Heb. 12:27-29)
The above attributes show that
he Shiloh, Prince of Peace never lost sight of His responsibility to God the Father. First, to complete the work He was sent to do. He was true to His convictions until
death. Truthfully can we say that we are?
Will we be true to God’s will until death? (Rom. 12:2) Paul said prove what the will of God is. Have we done that? Truly Isaiah emulated God the Father, and Christ the Son. We are told to do the same before we can become men of Steel and Velvet.
This Shiloh, Prince of Peace, that Isaiah describes, is the same Shiloh, Prince of Peace, who stood and preached the
Sermon on the Mount, and who said in (Matt. 5:17). “I did not come to destroy
the law or the prophets, I did not come to abolish but to fulfill”. Do
we really believe this man to be the man Jacob (Israel)
and Isaiah spoke of?
Other Great Men Who Would Give Their Own Life to Please God.
A. Daniel was a young man born of woman, and much like any other young boy of fifteen to seventeen
years of age. There was one difference that stands as a lesson to both young
and old. Daniel had been taught the obedience to God the Father all his previous
years. He had chosen to serve God. When
taken into captivity he had no problem in making up his mind not to defile himself with the Kings wine and food. So, he asked permission to eat vegetables and water. Had this
request been denied he was ready to die before defiling himself. (Dan. 1:8) In
like manner, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refused to worship King Nebuchadnezzar, or his golden image; they were prepared
before hand to obey God’s commands only. Because of their refusal to worship
other God’s, they were cast into a furnace of fire, but since they had first chosen the God of Heaven and earth, God
elected to save them. (Dan. 3:23-30)
B. Daniel sees a very disturbing dream and vision. He
writes the summary of this vision. He sees four great beasts coming up from the
sea. In verse 17 the Angel explains that the sea represented the earth and the
four beasts were in order Babylon,
Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Daniel is very disturbed as he notices
the fourth beast has ten horns, with another little horn, which made eleven horns in the fourth beast (Rome). Then he sees the judgment scene of Rev.
20:4. Daniel now sees one like the Son of Man coming up to the Ancient of days
(God) to receive a kingdom and to the one like the Son of Man was given dominion, glory and a kingdom. One which would have no end. Compare (Luke 19: 12-ff) (Dan. 7:15) Daniel was distressed and approached one of the Angels standing by and
asked for an exact meaning of these things.
V-17 Four kingdoms will arise
V-18 Saints will receive the
kingdom and possess it for all ages to come not two thousand years! But, all
ages to come. No end, no destruction of earth
V-19 I desired to know the
exact meaning of the fourth beast.
V-20 and the meaning of the
ten horns on its’ head, and the other horn which came up before which three fell.
The eleventh horn, which came up, was Vespasian; the three which fell before him were Galboa, Otho, Vitelles, Vespasian
came to power in Rome 69 AD.
V-21 During the time of the
eleventh horn Vespasian, the eleventh horn was waging war with the saints.
V-22 the Second Coming of the
Lord and judgment was passed in favor of the saints. The saints of the Most High
took possession of the kingdom. Refer to (Matt. 21:43).
(C Insert)- Many people wonder
and ask the question, when did the Gospel really come to full circle? To many
people, this question is not understood for the lack of knowledge in this area. A
word of truth is passed over. First, fulfilled prophecy is passed over to yet
future times. When this happens, the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation Chapter
twenty-two is like scrambled eggs. Men take advantage of people’s lack
of knowledge for personal gain. God say’s He has overlooked the times of
A. We are informed that the eleventh horn was waging war against the saints. The eleventh horn took possession of Rome
in 69 AD. So, you cannot have the gospel coming full circle until you first have
the judgment against Judah and Jerusalem.
(Rev. 20:4) makes us aware of that judgment. Then (Rev. 20: 7-15) informs us
of the judgment of the world and of Satan, in that order. Shiloh
(Christ) passed judgment in favor of the Gentiles. (Matt. 21-43)
B. The scepter is removed from Judah. Judah
is cast out. The Gentiles took the place of Judah
in the Spiritual Kingdom. So, now the Gospel which was preached to Abraham (Gal. 3:8) has come full circle at
covenant is ratified (Jer. 31:31-ff) and the Gospel is locked into the Gospel. Question, “I thought the gospel started on the day of Pentecost and began there? You are correct but one important point is that had the gospel come full circle, ratified
and locked in, on Pentecost, the Gentiles would never have received it. Yes,
the gospel was given on Pentecost, but in promise only. (Acts 2:39) Daniel 12:7 give’s the time and place, Jerusalem
70 AD and Jesus confirms this. (Luke 21:20,22)
C. Now Jesus is free to take His Bride and become King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
V-23-27 the fourth kingdom
or beast was Rome. Rome during this time retained eleven rulers. The war continued against Judah and Jerusalem for a time, times, and a half time, in other words, three and one half years or
42 months. Satan is judged and his dominion is taken away and annihilated forever
(Dan. 6:4-27) We must not forget that Daniel on another occasion was obliged to make a decision to continue to worship
God, or the King of Persia. He chose to worship God under penalty of death. Daniel was
cast into the den of lions by order of the King. However, we must remember that
God had long before promised to protect those who diligently obeyed Him. (Deut. 28:1-14)
Also, we must remember that God promised to Abraham and his righteous seed, “ I will bless them who bless you,
and the one who curses you I will curse.” (Gen. 12:3) So, as it turns out
those who cursed, or bore witness against Daniel the King had them all killed. Diligently
obeying God does have its rewards! Daniel overhears a conversation between two
of the Angels that answer all his questions in regards to dreams and visions he has seen.
(Dan. 12: 5-7) Two angels were standing beside the river, and one said
to the man dressed in linen, how long will it be until the end of these wonders. “And
I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven
and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and a half time; and as soon as they finish shattering
the power of their holy people, all these events will be completed”.
To all those who refuse to
see that all prophecy today has been completed, fulfilled, and finished look again at the key to all prophecy in v-7, “and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people; All these
events will be completed”.
From Chapter one through Chapter
twelve, in order, we have:
1. The fourth beast comes up- ch. 7.
2. The eleventh horn, Vespasian – ch. 7.
3. The war between Rome
and Judah enforced – ch.7.
4. The second coming of the Lord – ch. 7.
5. Judgment began – ch. 7.
6. No judgment – no resurrection – ch. 7.
7. Satan dominion annihilated – ch. 7.
8. Resurrection – ch. 12.
9. Destruction of Jerusalem
– ch. 12.
10. All things completed- fulfilled – ch. 12.
Surely Daniel possessed the
qualities and attributes of God, which honors him as being a man of Steel and Velvet.
Comments to the reader in regards
to fulfilled prophecy. Please go back and read (Gen. 48:10) and observe there
that the prophet Jacob (Israel), foretold hundreds of years in advance
that Judah would not lose the scepter (power to exist) until Shiloh comes! When Shiloh
(Jesus) comes their doom has already been sealed. (Dan. 12:7)
VIII. Joel the Master of the Gospel in Prophecy.
A. In the past I have asked why Joel? And I am sure
many others have asked the question.
1. The answer lies in several events scripturally written
down, which in biblical terms constitutes a time frame for the fulfillment. It
is necessary to understand that Joel was written at a time when there was no king in the land.
The priest ruled the land. (Joel 1:1-13)
The walls were still standing,
(Joel 2:9) and the temple was still standing (Joel 1:9) (2Kings 12:17). Athallah
usurps the throne (2 Kings 11: 1-ff). Joel prophesies during the reign of Joash
the boy king of Judah. Joash reigned 40 years in Jerusalem. It would seem that Joel prophesied during the minority of Joash; the time would have
been near 833 BC. Joel is not earlier than Jehoshaphat of Judah is, and not later
that the invasion of Syria. Amos quotes from Joel in (Joel 3:16) (Amos 1:2).
2. From this information we can establish the beginning
of this most important prophecy and its beginning and its time of fulfillment. Also,
the prophecy of Joel begins with Judah and ends with Judah in AD 70.
3. Joel pleads with all Hebrew people to return to God while there is time. Because of his sincere love for them, he tells them of the awful happening that is in store for them. (Joel
2:12,13) Joel shows his love for the people, as he pleads for their return to
God. He shows an attitude of Steel and Velvet.
But they do not return. (Amos 8:1-3) (Joel 2: 13,27) Amos 8: 1-3 shows that God was in the midst of Israel, and while Joel and Amos pleads with Israel,
Judah is becoming worse than Israel
in turning from God.
4. So, I am compelled to research Joel and Amos for
evidence, which will be used later. One thing stands out like a sore nose, the people of their day were saying anything goes;
they were looking for entertainment in worship; they were changing God’s plan, each were doing his own thing and going
his own way. Amos chapters five and six bears up this evidence. Also, Jer. 23:1-6 and 16-32. I ask the following question
with love and sincerity, is it any different today? Religions, denominations
and false prophets who have a dream, today as then, are leading their congregations to their doom!
B. We come now to (Joel 2: 38-32) without doubt this will prove the timetable of fulfilled prophecy
which I spoke of earlier.
1. Joel’s style is bright and flowing. His imagery
and language are fine and to the point. The purity of the language jumps out
at you when you read it. In my opinion, the style is the man, a man of Steel
and Velvet. He prophesied in the kingdom
of Judah. Therefore, when
we read his account of Judah, we will observe that he begins with Judah and ends with Judah,
as he expresses in the verses mentioned above. Because of this it can be said
that it was in God's plan for the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter two, to use Joel to introduce on the day of Pentecost, those
terrible events which would lead to the Second Coming of our Lord, and to the establishment of our Lord’s Assembly. So many preachers and teachers, scholars and writers have looked over into the future
from the birth of Christ, through His death, His coming, and our glorious future through eternity, where the Gospel reigns.
2. (Acts 2:4-47) Remembering that Jesus promised his
disciples He would send the Holy spirit to them and the Holy Spirit would bear witness of Him, and would teach them all things
and bring to remembrance of all He had said to them. (John 14:26) (John 15:26) John
again speaks of the Holy Spirit and what He would do. He will guide you into
all truth. He will disclose to you what is to come. (John 16:13). We see the
fulfillment of this promise on the morning of the first Pentecost, after the death of Christ. (Acts 2: 1-47).
3. The Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:1-3) As the Apostles began to create a crowd to preach to, (Acts 2:4) “They began to speak with other
tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” The phrase, “was
giving them utterance” shows that the Spirit was using the apostles to witness through them of Jesus, as Jesus had
foretold. For another thing, Jesus said in (John 16:13) “And He will disclose to you what is to come.” This is just what is happening in (Acts 2:14-47). But Peter
taking his stand with the eleven raised his voice and witnessed to them. “Men
of Judea, and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known
to you, and give heed to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose,
for it is only the third hour of the day. But, this is what was spoken of throughout
the prophet Joel.” At this point Peter begins with the utterance of the
Holy Spirit to quote (Joel 2:18-21) And now the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to witness for Christ and to disclose what
is to come through Peter who has the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
4. And yet for another thing, the Holy Spirit (John 16:13) “He will not speak on
His own initiative, but whatever He hears.” So, He too is being directed
by our Lord, He the Holy Spirit introduces fulfilled prophecy, (Acts 2:17-21). These
few verses covers a span from that day of Pentecost, to the great and glorious day of Shiloh
shall come. (Gen. 49:10) So when Shiloh comes according to the prophet Jacob (Israel),
Judah would lose its Scepter, his right
to exist. (Zech. 14:1-9) Confirms this and (Mal. 4:1-6) confirms the Great and
Terrible day of the Lord, as well as Elijah coming beforehand which Jesus explains in (Matt. 11:11-14) and (Matt. 17:10-13).
5. Verse 19 Acts 2; “And I will grant wonders
in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath, blood and fire, and vapor of smoke, the sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood.” Yes the Holy Spirit truly introduced what was
to come. Just as He said He would. (Acts 2:21) Just as the rest of Acts Chapter
has been misused, so has verse 21. For sure, you have heard people quote this
verse and state that all one has to do for salvation is to call upon the name of the Lord.
Some do not even believe in Baptism. But for the scripture to confirm
the true of v-21, look at (Acts 9:1-11) behold he is praying, he is calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 9:9), states that this Paul was in Damascus
three days. He neither ate, nor drank; He was calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:12-16) Paul gives his account as Ananias said to him, “And why do you
delay? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name.” Well then this is scripturally proven.
C. Before the death of Christ, He Himself confirmed the fulfillment of all that is written (Luke
21:20-22). Then after His resurrection He appeared to the disciples and informed
them that all things written about Him in the Law of Moses, and the prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.
1. Now when we look back to the Holy Spirit in Acts two, on the Pentecost, the last thing to be fulfilled
was the Great and Glorious day of the Lord when He shall come. The nation of
Judah had not been stricken from the record and would not according to
the prophet Jacob (Israel). When Shiloh comes the Scepter will pass from Judah and
Judah is cast out. (Gen. 48:10) So, at the second appearing, this would be a Great War against Judah
and Jerusalem. Judah would no longer be God’s chosen people. (Zech.
2. The covenant made to spiritual Israel
and the Gentiles at the death of Christ would be ratified. The Gospel fully introduced,
in Acts Chapter two, by the Holy Spirit and Peter were now the Law. So, the church
Christ speaks of in (Matt 16:18) was fulfilled in (Acts 2:41). The Gospel is
ratified by the Holy Spirit and Peter. V
3. The terms of the Gospel were established on Pentecost. The fulfillment of the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 26:29) (Acts 2:46).
4. Remembering what Jesus said in (Matt. 12:32) “And
whoever shall speak a word against the of son man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit,
it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come.”
D. Blasphemy – (Matt. 12:31-32) Greek Translation – Railing, Reviling, Slander, Detraction.
Thayer Greek Lesicon – p.102.
1. Railing- (Blasphemy) Matt.15: 19, 1Tim. 6:4, Mark
7:22, Col. 3:8 and Jude 9. R.V.
2. Reviling- To speak profanely, rail at. Vine Dictionary
of NT words, P-294.
3. Profanely- Unhallowed, profane. Accordingly “bebelos”
is that which lacks all relationship or affinity to God. Vine- Bebelos- P.217.
4. Slander- Diabolos (Greek)- Accusing falsely, 1Tim. 3:11 where the reference is to those who are
given to finding fault with the demeanor and conduct of others, and spreading their innuendoes and criticisms in the church.
5. Detractions- the act of detracting slander, defamation.
Britannica World Language P 364.
E. On the day of Pentecost the truth was revealed by the Holy Spirit.
Did those of Acts 2:13 blaspheme the Holy Spirit? Yes! The same Holy Spirit is speaking today. Is there blasphemy
involved when anyone slanders, reviles and hinders others from accepting the truth?
IX. Recapitulation and Challenge.
A. We have shown the Gospel of Christ being taught to Abraham first, the principles following with
Isaac and Jacob (Israel). The prophet foretelling the coming of Shiloh through Judah
and that the Scepter would not pass from Judah until Shiloh
shall come. This coming had reference to the (quote) Second Coming when Shiloh
(Christ) would remove the Scepter from Judah. That is, He would disown them; destroy them and the covenant (Scepter) with them. Jacob lived to see his twelve sons do good and evil.
As a man of Steel and Velvet he never showed unfaithfulness to God. Yet,
he bore up under the evil burdens of his children and then at the end he blessed them.
B. Years went by, but the existing evil did not hinder the Gospel of Christ coming full circle and
having its beginning on the day of Pentecost. Isaiah spoke of this day (Isa.
28:10-15). Paul in his words says, “In the Law it is written, by men of
strange tongues and by the lips of strangers, I will speak to the people and even so they will not listen to me.” (1Cor.
In Acts 2:4-47 we see the fulfillment
of Isaiah. We, also, see in v-4 that the Holy Spirit of God gave these men utterances
to speak. In short, the Holy Spirit used these men to speak through, thus it
was true that the Holy Spirit of God was speaking and teaching the people the Gospel in the tongue of each nation represented
there. So it was the gift to men who, rapt in ecstasy and no longer quite masters
of their own language, or their own reason and consciousness. They poured forth
their glowing spiritual emotions in strange utterances. Their tongue was put
in motion by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:13). Then, as now, we slander those truths
brought out in (Acts 2:4-47).
C. The prophecy of Joel is introduced the conditions from the day of Pentecost to the Great and Terrible
day of the Lord in 70 AD. The Gospel revealed the church established and Baptism
for the forgiveness of sins established. The Gospel here on this day has become
full circle, but had not been ratified and locked in. When the day of Lord came
in 70 AD it is as Jesus stated in (John 19:30). It is finished. The Gospel has come full circle. All prophecy has been fulfilled.
(Luke 21:7-22) (Luke 24:44) and (Matt. 5:17).
D. Those of (Acts 2:13) who slandered and spoke out against what the Holy Spirit was speaking, according
to scripture, committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit
speaks to us in the same words. We have it written in our Bibles. Yet, you can
hear people slandering those who teach the same thing as was taught on Pentecost concerning fulfilled prophecy and Baptism
being essential to salvation. They are blaspheming the Holy Spirit in the same
way as those of (Acts 2:13). Are they not?
1. Could we introduce the people described as men of
Steel and Velvet? No! Men who do
possess these godly attributes should stand up as men of Steel and publicly challenge the ‘so called’ great writers. Scholars, professors and teachers who have far too many years followed the tradition
of man, simply for self-gain and to satisfy large and larger audiences.
2. When I say challenge, I personally challenge those
who claim to be Christians. Especially those who deny fulfilled prophecy.
Challenge: I, Jesse E. Mills, dare you, who do not believe in Baptism, to look closely and in a Godly manner at Acts
2:38. “Repent and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the forgiveness of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.
Baptism has a purpose, obedience through an appeal to God for a good conscience.
The result is forgiveness of sins. If after reading the above, and you
still do not believe in Baptism by immersion, contact me and we can discuss it.
Acts 2:39 “For the promise
is for you and your children, and for all who are yet afar off.” The Gospel
came exclusively to the Jew first, then the Gentiles some eight to nine years later. (Acts 10:1-ff).
Acts 2:40 “And with many
other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them saying, be saved from this perverse generation.” ‘Generation’ used here come from the Greek work ‘Genea’. Thayer has it on page 112. The multitude of men living at
the same time (i.e.) (Acts 2:40, Matt 24:34, Mark 13:30, and Luke 21:32). Why
do we sit back and allow men in all churches, including the Churches of Christ, to change the original meaning which in Acts
2:40 was decreed by the Holy Spirit to mean a generation in the apostles time not 2005 or later?
Acts 2:41 “So then, those
who had received his word were immersed; and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Those who received his word or those who believed his word, believed what?
What was his word?
a) Fulfilled prophecy introduced
by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4).
of the great persecution. Signs that would precede “the Great and Glorious
day of the Lord”. (Second Coming)
Salvation to everyone, who would
believe the teaching of the Holy Spirit through Peter, repent and be Baptized, or another way of putting it, immersed in water. (Acts 2:21) (Acts 2:38) and (Acts 22:12-16).
Acts 2:42 “and they were
continually devoting themselves to the Apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread”.
Apostles teaching; or the Holy
Spirits teaching (John 16:13). Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit came He would
disclose what is to come. Well, the Holy Spirit did just that, through Peter. He used Joel as His starter (Joel 2:28) and (Acts 2:17) defines the Pentecost as the
beginning of the last days, which would end in 70 AD. They speak of the Spirit
being poured out on all mankind; they gave signs of the tribulation and signs of the coming of the Lord. They believed in the resurrection of Christ. They believed that God had made Jesus both Lord and Christ. They believed in repentance. They believed in Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
They believed the things the Holy Spirit disclosed to them of things to come, would happen in that generation. They had a firm belief in devoting their time to the teaching of the Apostles. They believed in fellowship, prayer and the breaking of bread. These
were called saints.
Thousands of these saints gave
up their lives in defense of the Apostles teaching. Some were killed outright. Some fed to wild animals. Some suffered
death in the Roman arena. Some were bound to stakes beside roads that led into
where tar was poured over them, while they yet lived, and set on fire at nights to become human torches. Some were crucified. But not one of these saints opened his
mouth against his accuser. These saints gave up their life to preserve the Apostles
teaching. What have we given up? It’s
time the saints spoke up and defended what was spoken by the Holy Spirit through the Apostles. If it looks like a duck and
walks like a duck, it’s a duck! We need to call blasphemy exactly what
it is.... BLASPHEMY. We should renew ourselves in defense of the Apostles teaching. Otherwise, not only those saints, but Jesus Christ, as well, has died in vain.
Many churches deny any belief
in premilleniaism. Yet, to read their material or to hear them preach, you will
always hear about the ‘Future Judgement’, the ‘Future Resurrection’ and the ‘Second Coming of
Christ’. This is the choice doctrine of Premillenaism. Who’s fooling who?
An old-old Native American
proverb seems to describe such beliefs. White man speaks with forked tongue!