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Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 8 (Praying Through the Bible #257)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 14:18-23

1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

— PRAYER —

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 256 messages in this series.

This is message #257 titled, Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 8.

Today, we will continue looking at the final application of the Biblical teaching regarding speaking in tongues. While some say that the gift of tongues was rescinded after the early church, others believe that the gift persists until this day. Some have prayed in tongues and others claim to speak in tongues in church. Only God knows whether a person’s speaking in tongues is legitimate or not. But, the Bible does provide us with guidelines that govern the use of tongues in the church and in our personal life. Speaking in tongues should always be superseded by understanding, edification, and interpretation in public and in private.

Paul first applies this principle to his personal prayer life, stating that even if he does speak in tongues, he will be sure to get an understanding of what he is praying. Second, he applies this principle to the use of tongues in the public worship of believers stating that, if there is no edification, tongues are useless — and that is not acceptable. Finally, he applies this principle to our communication with unbelievers. In verse 23, he says, “If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?” This is self-explanatory: if an unbeliever attends a service where there is speaking in tongues, but no interpretation, he, not understanding the gift, will conclude that the people in the church are out of their minds.

Warren Wiersbe comments, “Paul’s final application was to the unsaved person who happened to come into the assembly during a time of worship. Paul made here another point for the superiority of prophecy over tongues: a message in tongues (unless interpreted) could never bring conviction to the heart of a lost sinner. In fact, the unsaved person might leave the service before the interpretation was given, thinking that the whole assembly was crazy. Tongues were not used for evangelism, neither at Pentecost nor in the meetings of the early church.”

Churches, today, must consider that, at any time, they could be speaking to a lost soul — not just inside the church auditorium, but anywhere around the world via the internet. Just as a good teacher puts the cookies on the lowest shelf, Christian preachers and teachers must strive to, for the most part, speak in terms that even the unsaved can grasp. Speaking in tongues will not impress a lost soul or convince them of their need to be saved. If there is no plain presentation of the Gospel, there can be no understanding of the Gospel, and we make of no effect the Great Commission of Christ.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 6 (Praying Through the Bible #255)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 14:8-19:

1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

— PRAYER —

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 253 messages in this series.

This is message #255 titled, Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 6.

Today, we will continue looking at the application of the Bible’s teaching regarding speaking in tongues in the church. We have seen that Paul values understanding, edification, and interpretation above the mysteriousness of speaking in tongues. The first place that Paul applies this to is his personal prayer life. He says that even if his spirit prays in a language that he cannot speak, he will demand understanding. He will not stop praying until he has an understanding of what his spirit has communicated to God.

The second place where the principle of understanding must be applied is in the assembly of believers. Paul says, “When thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.” In many churches, there is a whole lot of shouting and saying “Amen” when the preacher utters something in tongues. But, if you ask those people what the preacher meant, they wouldn’t be able to tell you. (And some people can’t tell you what the preacher means when he’s speaking English either.) That is what Paul is getting at.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe comments, “Paul assumed that the believers would listen to the message and respond to it. But if they did not understand the message, how could they respond? The ‘unlearned’ person was probably a new believer, or possibly an interested ‘seeker.’ He could not be edified unless he understood what was being said. Again, it was a matter of priorities. While Paul did not oppose the ministry of tongues, he did try to put it into a right perspective. The issue was not quantity of words, but quality of communication.”

Interestingly, Paul declares, “I speak with tongues more than ye all.” But Paul refrained from speaking in tongues in the church. He did not act, as some do, as if he couldn’t help himself. He believed that all things had to be done decently and in order, and breaking out in speech which no one else understands is not decent or orderly. Paul says, “In the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”

Speaking in tongues is not a sign of spiritual maturity, as some believe. It is not a sign of being baptized with the Holy Spirit. It is not evidence of salvation. You can have a powerful and impactful church service without speaking in tongues because something more important is present — understanding of what the Lord has in store for His people to hear through the ministry of the Word.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 4 (Praying Through the Bible #253)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 (verses 14-15 here):

1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

— PRAYER —

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 252 messages in this series.

This is message #253 titled, Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 4.

In this passage, Paul has soundly admonished us regarding the use of gifts in the church. He has underscored, again and again, the main reason for which these gifts should be used. That reason is edification. As he continues in this vein, he uses another word that makes the meaning of this teaching even clearer. That word is “understanding.” We all know what it means to understand something. We desire clear, understandable communication in our workplace, in our families, from those who are training us, from our government, and from the media. We don’t like it when things are confusing, when people talk out of both sides of their mouth, when you hear one thing but the person speaking says they meant another. Why should it be any different in the church?

Dr. Warren Wiersbe comments, “Eight times in this section, Paul used the word understanding. It is not enough for the minister to impart information to people; the people must receive it if it is to do them any good. The seed that is received in the good ground is the seed that bears fruit, but this means that there must be an understanding of the Word of God. If a believer wants to be edified, he must prepare his heart to receive the Word.” I hope you go to church intending to, not just hear, but understand what is being prayed, preached, and sung.

What does this understanding look like in reality? How can we reconcile speaking in tongues with edification and understanding. Paul applies his teaching to three specific scenarios, the first of which we will look at today. The first scenario in which understanding is necessary is that of personal prayer. Paul writes, “If I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.” We see here that Paul allows for the possibility that someone could pray in a tongue that they do not know — whether it is a special prayer language, another earthly language, or even the language of heaven.

We must also note here that the “spirit” Paul refers to is not the Holy Spirit, but rather the human spirit. If you listen to a song that you like, and the song makes you feel happy and swept up in joy, that is your human spirit reacting, not necessarily the Holy Spirit. That is what Paul is talking about here. If a person prays in tongues, the activity of their spirit may cause them to feel as though they have had an encounter with God. But, we cannot base our actions on feelings. The special feeling that may come after praying in tongues will fade. What will you be left with then? How will you direct your life? In these instances, you need understanding.

Paul says in verse 15, “I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also.” If you pray in tongues — if your spirit communicates with God in a way your mind cannot grasp — make sure you pray for God to give you understanding. It is not wrong to pray in the spirit, but you must have an understanding of what you are saying. (You don’t have to worry about what God is saying; He will make plain what He wants you to know.) You must consciously make the choice to include your mind in the process of prayer. Or else, as The Clark Sisters sang, “all your praying will be in vain.”

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

The Free State of Glory, Part 4 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Revelation 21:1-7

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

The Free State of Glory (Part 4)

People, today, of all walks of life, are fascinated by the afterlife and Heaven. Over the past decade, a handful of books by and about people who have died, gone to Heaven, and come back to tell about it have repeatedly topped bestsellers lists. Movies have been made out of two of those accounts. Some Christians point to these stories as proof that Heaven exists and that it is as wonderful as the Bible states. Skeptics attack these stories as either illusions that a person endured while close to death or outright lies meant to deceive the gullible. If we want certainty about Heaven, where can we look? It is not to a book written by a human being, but to the Bible and to Jesus Christ. Notice three key attributes of our beliefs about Heaven.

First, we can have certainty about Heaven because of Jesus Christ. John tells us that Jesus told him to “Write: for these words are true and faithful…. It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” John did not dream about Heaven. He did not make up what he thought Heaven would be like. He was ‘caught up in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day’ and received a vision about Heaven and an explanation about Heaven from none other than Jesus Christ who cannot lie. Jesus’ words are true and faithful. We can trust them. But not only can we trust that we have the truth about Heaven because of Jesus’ words, but we can trust that we have the truth about Heaven because of Jesus’ person. The Lord states that He is “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. All of the books in the New Testament were written with just the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet. There is nothing outside of Alpha and Omega; Jesus uses this comparison to emphasize that there is nothing outside of Himself. He is the beginning and the end. All of time, history, and eternity are wrapped up in Him. He is the consummator of all things. We can have certainty about Heaven because Jesus is the One who revealed Heaven to John and to us.

Not only can we have certainty about Heaven, but notice that we should have a thirst for Heaven. Jesus says, “I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state that this “apparently refers not to physical thirst, but to a desire for spiritual blessings.” Do you desire to receive all of the benefits of a home in Heaven? Are you tired of this old world and the mock pleasures that it has to offer? Have you begun already to say, ‘this world is not my home’? While we are down here on this earth, it is okay to have a desire for Heaven. That desire should remind us that Jesus is preparing a place for us in His eternal kingdom — a place where there will be no more sin and no more suffering. If you are hungry for that place and the spiritual blessings that come with it, you can rest assured that you will be satisfied when you get there. Jesus Christ Himself has promised to allow you to drink freely of the water of life.

Finally, not only can we be certain about Heaven and not only should we have a thirst for Heaven, but we ought to keep in mind the inheritance that awaits us in Heaven. Jesus continues, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Who is “he that overcometh”? First John 5:5 answers, it is “he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” No matter how downtrodden we may be in life, all believers will eventually overcome because Jesus Christ overcame. Nothing could hold Jesus down; He rose from the grave, from death, and from hell. And because we are in Him, we will also rise. Because we are in Him, we will take part in the inheritance of Heaven — an inheritance that includes “all things.” All of the spiritual and physical blessings of Heaven will one day belong to us because we are overcomers in Christ and we are a part of God’s family through Jesus’ shed blood.

As we go through life with so much sin and death around us (and unfortunately within us), we can be certain about where we are going at the end of our life. We are going to Heaven not because of who we are or what we have done, but because of Jesus Christ who is the beginning and the end of all things. Through Him, our thirst for things that are not of this world will be satisfied and we will overcome everything that is in this world and enjoy our inheritance in Heaven for eternity.

C.A. Tindley wrote:

This world is one great battlefield,
With forces all arrayed;
If in my heart I do not yield
I’ll overcome someday.

Both seen and unseen powers join
To drive my soul astray,
But with God’s Word a sword of mine,
I’ll overcome someday.

A thousand snares are set for me,
And mountains in my way;
If Jesus will my leader be,
I’ll overcome someday.

Tho’ many a time no signs appear,
Of answer when I pray;
My Jesus says I need not fear,
I’ll overcome someday.

___________________

Dear friend, wouldn’t you like to enjoy that glorious day — a day where there will be no more tears, no more crying, no more death, no more pain, and no more sorrow? Yes, you can have a home in the new heaven and the new earth if you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. Allow me to share with you how you can do that today so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Free State of Glory (Part 2)

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TEXT: Revelation 21:1-7

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 2)

In our last message, we looked at the magnificent transition that is in store for the world. This broken, sin-cursed world will give way to a new heaven and a new earth. The new creation will be populated by new men and women in Christ who are free from sin and the effects of sin. However, the greatest thing about this new glorified state is not the new heaven and the new earth, nor even the new people who live in it. The greatest thing is found in the fact that God will come down to abide with His people once and for all. This starts with the descent of the Holy City.

John writes, “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” The Biblical writers had three different perspectives on Heaven. The first heaven refers to earth’s atmosphere where the clouds and the firmament exist. The second heaven refers to outer space where the sun, moon, stars, and distant planets reside. The third heaven refers to God’s abode. It is from this place that the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem, will come down.

Dr. John Walvoord writes, “The New Jerusalem is called ‘the Holy City’, in contrast with the earthly Jerusalem (which spiritually was compared to Sodom). The fact that the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven and that it is not said to be created at this point has raised the question as to whether it has been in existence during the Millennium.” Some scholars believe that this New Jerusalem will be suspended over the Earth during the Millennium, but “this is an inference rather than a direct revelation of the Bible.” “Here, however, the New Jerusalem is described as it will be in the eternal state… Though the city is compared to a beautifully dressed bride, it actually is a city, not a person or group of people.”

This city is God’s city. It is the “place” to which Jesus referred to when He said, “I am going to prepare a place for you.” All who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ have an address waiting for them in the New Jerusalem. The Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints also will abide in this city. However, the biggest presence in the city will be God himself. John continues, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

After the Jews were delivered from Egypt, God commanded them to make a tabernacle. The tabernacle was always placed in the middle of the Hebrew camp. it was intended to symbolize God’s potent physical presence with His people. God was with them at all times and they were with God. Later on, Solomon built a Temple, and God’s presence inhabited this building, again symbolizing His presence with His people. Unfortunately, because of the people’s sin and rebellion God’s presence was removed. Presently, God regards every believer as a tabernacle, and His Holy Spirit resides in each of our hearts. In that way, He is with us at all times.

However, the tabernacle of the glorified state is different. Notice, John says this is “the tabernacle of God”; not just a tabernacle inhabited by God, but a tabernacle made by God. The entire city, the entire world even, is a tabernacle brought forth by God. His presence will permeate every aspect of it. Everyone who lives in the New Jerusalem or anywhere in the New Earth will be in constant communion with God. Even though His Spirit abides in us today, we still have to exist in the here and now, dealing with earthly concerns as fallen men and women. But we can look forward to the day when we will be with Him and love Him and enjoy Him forever.

Witness Lee wrote:

In new heaven and new earth
The New Jerusalem lies;
Out of God it has its birth,
With God’s radiance thrice.

There, life’s crystal river flows
With an abundance of supplies,
And the tree of life there grows
All I need it satisfies.

God is there, the great I AM
In that city of eternal light;
God is the light within the Lamb,
And there never again is night.

___________________

Dear friend, you can have a home in the new heaven and the new earth if you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. Allow me to share with you how you can do that today so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Free State of Glory (Part 1)

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TEXT: Revelation 21:1-8

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

The State of Glory (Part 1)

John F. Walvoord states about these opening verses, “The opening verses of chapter 21 describe the creation of the new heaven and the new earth, which chronologically follows the thousand-year reign of Christ described in chapter 20. Chapter 21 begins with the familiar words I saw, an expression repeated in verse 2. This new creation is described as a new heaven and a new earth. That it is a totally new heaven and a new earth, and not the present heaven and earth renovated, is supported by the additional statement, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. An amazingly small amount of information is given about the new heaven and the new earth. But one major fact is stated in this verse: there was no longer any sea. In contrast with the present earth, which has most of its surface covered by water, no large body of water will be on the new earth. The Bible is silent, however, on any features of the first heaven except the statement that there will be no sun or moon and, by implication, no stars. The new heaven refers not to the abode of God, but to the earth’s atmosphere and planetary space. No landmarks whatever are given concerning the new earth, and nothing is known of its characteristics, vegetation, color, or form. The implication, however, is that it is round and is the residence of all who are saved.”

As we have studied Scripture about the Second Coming of Christ and the last days, we have overwhelmingly focused on the judgments of God. We have learned about God’s dealings with Israel, the judgment of the world during the Tribulation, the judgment of the Antichrist and his army, the judgment of the Gentile nations before the Millennial Kingdom, the final judgment of Satan, and the judgment of the living dead at the Great White Throne.

Now, we come to a happier time in the book of Revelation. Chronologically, the world described in Revelation 21 and 22 occurs after the Great White Throne Judgment. It is the beginning of an entirely new age when God’s people are unified with Him for eternity. This is the point where time and history come to a close and the eternal future begins. Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Human history begins in a garden and ends in a city that is like a garden paradise. In the apostle John’s day, Rome was the admired city, yet God compared it to a harlot. ‘That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.’ The eternal city of God is compared to a beautiful bride because it is the eternal home for God’s beloved people.”

How do we get from the days of judgment to this glorified state? How do we get from the cities of this world to the city of God. How do we get from the old world to the new as described by John: “I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away…”

The “first heaven and the first earth” is the world we inhabit now. When God created this world, it was perfect. Nothing was out of place. There was not even a blade of grass growing where it was not supposed to grow. Man, too, was perfect, and that was because he was in holy communion and fellowship with God. However, the world we live in today is not perfect because of man’s sin. When man sinned, not only was he cursed, but the earth was cursed. Things began to go wrong. Animals turned violent and predatory. The ground, which was once supple and pliable beneath Adam’s hand, became difficult to cultivate. Man had to sweat and labor to get food from the earth. Erratic weather patterns causing hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters are ultimately a result of a sin-cursed earth. That is what John means when he writes about the “first heaven and the first earth.”

But, one day, the first heaven and the first earth will make way for a new heaven and a new earth. Peter describes the ‘heavens as passing away with a great noise, the elements melting with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein being burned up.’ And Jesus said that the heaven and the earth will “pass away.” God will replace this old earth with a new one. The term ‘new’, as used here, means new in character, not just newly made. The character of the new earth will be different from the character of the earth today. It will no longer be subjected to the curse of sin. Animals will no longer be violent and predatory. The ground will no longer be rabid and difficult to maintain. And, most of all, man will no longer be in his fallen sinful condition, but in a glorified state — able to experience all of the blessings of being in the presence of God.

The world today seems to be falling apart. Many people who have put their trust in politics, science, or academics are losing hope. But, for the Christian, our hope is not in this world — this heaven and this earth. Our hope is in God who will make a new heaven and a new earth where we will live with Him forever..

Christopher M. Idle wrote:

I saw a new heaven and earth,
for the first had passed away;
the holy city came down from God
like a bride on her wedding day.

And I know how he loves his own,
for I heard his great voice tell
how we would be His people
and among us He came to dwell.

He will wipe away every tear;
even death shall die at last.
There’ll be no more grief or pain
they belong to the world that’s past.
___________________

Dear friend, you can have a home in the new heaven and the new earth if you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. Allow me to share with you how you can do that today so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Times of the Gentile Nations (Part 2)

TEXT: Luke 21:20-24

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

The Times of the Gentile Nations (Part 2)

In our last message, we began looking at the times of the Gentile nations. Under God’s original plan, the Israelites were meant to be a shining light and witness to the heathen nations around them. However, they rebelled against God and did not follow His commandments consistently. So, instead of being blessed and being a blessing to the Gentile nations, they ended up being punished by God through the Gentile nations. The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, conquered Judah, carrying the people of Israel from their land, thus beginning the times of the Gentile nations — the period in Earth’s history when Gentiles would have supremacy over the Jewish people. Continue reading

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