Newsletter #380 - June 2010 - By Shepherds Chapel - http://www.shepherdschapel.com/
Some thing are revocable, some thing are irrevocable. When God makes a promise, it is irrevocable. Man is capable of changing almost anything, but you can depend on God. You can place your hope in His promises. Let's begin our study in the Book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
The spiritual war is building on earth and in heaven. Keep your eyes on Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 4:20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment. 21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?
The standard is the Christian flag, and more specifically those nations who fly that flag. It is important that you know who you are following and serving.
Jeremiah 4:22 For My people is foolish, they have not known Me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Sottish means stupid. Most of God's children don't have a clue what their Father expects from them. God isn't happy, and He is going to share with you just what He did in the first earth age.
Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
God didn't create the earth void and without form, but He destroyed everything at the time of Satan's rebellion (Gen. 1:2). This is the subject of this Scripture.
Jeremiah 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. 25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. 26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by His fierce anger.
Again, this is the first earth age. Good shook the earth (Heb. 12:26). He destroyed that earth age to make way for this, the second, earth age.
Jeremiah 4:27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. 28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
God's Word is irrevocable. He has said what will happen, and it is going to come to pass. He told us of the things that must come to pass before the seventh trump sounds (Matthew 24/Mark 13). They will happen. God's plan doesn't change.
Jeremiah 4:29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
At the seventh trump all are changed into spiritual bodies for the millennium, and eventually judgment.
Jeremiah 4:30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
Those who are spiritually in bed with antichrist might as well paint themselves up like a harlot, because that is exactly what God thinks of them. God's love for His Elect who don't worship the antichrist is also irrevocable.
Jeremiah 4:31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, 'Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
The seventh trump is going to sound. It will bring the birth of a new age. There will be a spritual war. This time God will not only shake the earth, but heaven as well (Hebrews 12:26). That is God's Word. His Word is irrevocable. Let's turn to the Book of 2 Corinthians. There is another thing that you need to know is irrevocable.
2 Corinthians 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
Paul was happy that the Corinthians took his warning to heart. They straightened themselves up and repented. Being sorry is always a big part of repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Repentance will bring you salvation. That, my friends, is irrevocable. That is why Paul was happy. The Corinthians were sorry, they repented, and that brought them to salvation. That brought them irrevocably to eternal life. Going along with the ways of the world brings death. That also is irrevocable. That is a fact.
2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
I am not teaching "Once saved, always saved". You can be saved and move so far away from God that your salvation is in danger; however, that is what repentance is for. Turn with me to the Book of Romans. There is another thing that is irrevocable.
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Blindness in part is upon Israel, until every single person has had the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, "There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:"
The Deliverer is the Lord Jesus Christ, of course.
Romans 11:27 "For this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins." 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.
Sharpen up for me. This is the reason we came here.
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. That is not to say God won't get out the 2X4, if someone is not utilizing their gift as God wants them to, particularly in the case of His election. If God gives you a gift, He won't take it back. He expects you to use that gift to produce fruit for Him. In conclusion, let's go to Hebrews.
Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Who is Melchisedec? He had no mother or father. Yet, He received tithes from Abraham. His name means "King of the upright, or righteous". There is only One Who fits this description. Melchisedec is Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
He was made like unto the Son of God, because He was the Son of God.
Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
Melchisedec wasn't a descendant of Aaron, but He certainly received the tithes of Abraham. How could that be? We'll discover that answer before this lesson is over.
Hebrews 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Abraham knew that Melchisedec was better, and capable of blessing him. We tithe to priests that die. Abraham tithed to One Who lives forever.
Hebrews 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
Levi was a descendant of Abraham. In other words, Levi was the seed of Abraham, when Melchesedec received tithes from Abraham.
Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
If the salvation given by the Levitical priests was irrevocable, why then was it necessary for Jesus to rise after the order of Melchisedec? The answer is that the only irrevocable salvation is found in Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
Mary's father was out of the tribe of Judah, but her mother was out of the tribe of Levi. In Jesus Christ the line of kings, Judah, is joined with the seed line of the priests, Levi. We don't need to change God's law. His covenant with us is irrevocable. It can't be changed.
Hebrews 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifieth, "Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Let there be no mistake, Jesus is Melchisedec.
Hebrews 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Only through Jesus we are able to draw nigh to God.
Hebrews 7:20 And inasmuch as not without an oath He was made priest: 21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by Him that said unto Him, "The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:")
Do you think this is the first time tis is written? It is not. Make a note of Psalm 110:4. God swore this, and He will not repent. The promise of salvation through Jesus Christ is irrevocable. It cannot be changed.
In His service,